Zora P1 Amlogic A311D Development Board interfaces with Orbbec 3D Cameras

We have already seen the powerful Amlogic A311D powered Khadas VIM3 SBC, and Orbbec announced the Zora P1 development board for Orbbec 3D cameras, supporting robotics, gaming, smart homes, etc. Some of the other products showcased at the CES 2021 by Orbbec include its first 3D sensor with time-of-flight (TOF) technology, the latest Astra+ camera, and a real-time industrial 3D camera. “Innovations in 3D imaging, combined with broader advances like 5G, artificial intelligence, and ultra-fast processors, are transforming the application landscape for designers and engineers,” said David Chen, Co-Founder, and CEO at Orbbec. “Our new camera with time-of-flight (TOF) technology is a great example. Its high resolution and tracking capabilities make it perfect for all kinds of products including fall detection, security, even at-home yoga and exercise products.”  Orbbec’s Zora P1 Development Board Zora P1 is a processing board for developers and enthusiasts to integrate 3D imaging and associated computing tasks for demanding industrial applications. Orbbec has specially designed this long-lasting solution to work with its 3D cameras. This board runs Linux on the Amlogic A311D processor. The new Zora […]

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BHI260AP is an AI smart sensor with built-in IMU by Bosch Sensortec

BHI260AP AI smart sensor integrates a 6-axis IMU, a 32-bit customizable programmable microcontroller, and various software functionalities. The AI smart sensor has embedded AI with on-sensor applications such as fitness tracking, navigation, machine learning analytics, and orientation estimation. The dimensions of the miniaturized AI smart sensor are 4.1mm x 3.6mm x 0.83 mm. Hardware Features of BHI260AP AI Smart Sensor ARC EM4 CPU includes ARCv2 16/32 bit instruction set working up to a frequency of 3.6 MHz. The core also integrates Floating Point Unit (FPU) and Memory Protection Unit (MPU) with 4 channel micro DMA controller. CPU has two modes of AI functioning at 25Hz and 50Hz with 249µA and 386µA of current consumption respectively. Integrated sensor (6-DoF IMU) includes 16-bit 3 axis accelerometer and 16-bit 3 axis gyroscope. The sensor works at an operating voltage of 1.8 V with a standby current value of 8µA, hence the power consumption is only 0.014 mW in standby mode. Self Learning AI […]

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Tiny mmWave radar sensor embeds Cortex-R4F core for object tracking, classification

The 1″ cube mmWave RS-6843AOPUA radar sensor, announced by D3 Engineering, is a miniature radar device that enables easy integration of radar algorithms for industrial applications. The RS-6843AOPUA radar sensor is an AECQ-100-qualified 60 GHz device that integrates a Texas Instruments C674x DSP for algorithms and an Arm Cortex-R4F microcontroller unit for decision-making and interfacing. It also has a radar accelerator and an “on-package antenna array.” The RS-6843AOPUA radar sensor features a 1-inch cube form factor, heat-spreading metal body, mounting tabs, and a USB-Serial interface. The USB-Serial interface could be used to test and evaluate the radar sensor. Functions and Applications of the Radar Sensor TI C674x DSP: FMCW (Frequency Modulated Continuous Wave) signal processing, Implementation of algorithms Radar Accelerator: Radar data processing Arm Cortex-R4F MCU: Object tracking, Classification, Communications “The RF front end integrates a PLL, three transmitters, four receivers, and baseband ADC, and allows the sensor to cover up to 4 GHz at a 12 dBm transmit power […]

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HotDive converts your smartphone into a dive computer and underwater camera (crowdfunding)

Many recent phones are fitted with a pretty good camera, and some are waterproof, but not quite enough to go snorkeling or diving. If you could, your phone could also double as a dive computer, and that’s exactly what HotDive provides: a waterproof enclosure for your smartphone allowing you to dive up to 80 meters deep, and convert your phone in a dive computer, underwater camera, and fill light at a fraction of the cost of specialized diving equipment. HotDive enclosure includes an independent auto-pump air extraction system creating a vacuum for your smartphone to make sure all photos are clear of fog, as well as a fill light to take clear photos even during night dives. The fill light is made of CREE LED lights delivering 800 lumens, and providing with 130° illuminance and 5800-6500K sunlight-like color temperature. The HotDive Pro version includes hardware to create a built-in dive computer, namely a solution based on Nordic Semi ultra-low power […]

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Arduino Sensor Kit Base is a large shield for Arduino UNO with 10 modules

Earlier this year, Seeed Studio introduced the Grove Beginner Kit for Arduino that included the Arduino UNO compatible Seeduino Lotus board placed at the center and ten pre-wired and detachable Grove modules to get started with sensors on Arduino with no cabling whatsoever apart from the USB cable. Arduino must have seen and liked the design, and Seeed Studio has collaborated with the Italian company to create the Arduino Sensor Kit Base with a very similar design, but with a twist as instead of an all-in-one platform with modules and an Arduino board, it’s a very large shield that seats on tops of Arduino UNO. The Arduino Sensor Kit base includes the following: Base shield with 16 Grove connectors, instead of just 12 Grove connectors on the Beginner Kit, including 7x digital connectors, 4x analog connectors, 4x I2C connectors, and one UART connector; A 3.3V/5V voltage switch is also included 10 pre-wired modules without the requirements for breadboard nor jumper […]

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LibIIO – Library for interfacing Linux industrial I/O devices

For more than 6 years, the LibIIO library has existed to ease the development of software interfacing Linux Industrial I/O (IIO) devices. It is part of the Linux Kernel and a subsystem that provides support for devices like analog to digital or digital to analog converters (ADCs, DACs). This subsystem includes ADCs, accelerometers, pressure sensors, color, light and proximity sensors, temperature sensors, RF transceivers, and many more. You can use LibIIO natively on an embedded Linux target. It is cross-platform, supporting Linux, Windows, and Mac OS. Analog Devices Inc. was the main company behind LibIIO development, which is currently an active open-source library, which many people have contributed to. What does LibIIO do? LibIIO will identify the channels that belong to each device. It will assign specific attributes, one for the channels and one for the devices. Then, it will also create a context that is a place where all the devices exist, and you can browse through the channels, […]

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TTGO T-Higrow is a WiFi & Bluetooth connected soil temperature & moisture sensor

LilyGO has made plenty of ESP32 “TTGO” boards with various features be it PoE, battery support, OLED display, cellular connectivity, and even a devkit in watch form factor. The latest product from the company specifically targets smart farming/gardening as TTGO T-Higrow embeds either DHT11 temperature and humidity sensor or BME280 temperature, humidity, and barometric sensor to report soil temperature and moisture over Bluetooth or WiFi. It can also come as a kit with a battery and a 3D printed enclosure. TTGO T-Higrow board specifications: SoC – Espressif Systems ESP32 dual-core LX6 processor @ up to 240 MHz with 520 LB SRAM, Wi-Fi & Bluetooth Storage – 4MB QSPI flash Wireless 2.4 GHz 802.11b/g/n WiFi 4 up to 150 Mbps Bluetooth 4.2 BR/EDR and BLE Sensors Option 1 – DHT11 temperature and humidity sensor Option 2 – BME280 temperature, humidity, and barometric sensor Expansion – 2x 12-pin through holes with UART, SPI, SDIO, I2C, PWM, I2S, IR, GPIOs, capacitive touch sensing, […]

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STMicro unveils VL53L5 multi-zone ToF ranging sensor

We’ve previously covered or even tested STMicro Time-of-Flight (ToF) ranging sensors with devices like VL53L0X with up to 2-meter range or VL53L1X extending the range to a maximum of 4 meters to measure the distance to one object aka region of interest (ROI). Those are used in various applications including the autofocus function in smartphones for example. The company has now introduced a new model with VL53L5 ToF laser-ranging sensor boasting increased camera Field-of-View coverage and 64-zone spatial resolution to enable new features such as touch-to-focus, multiple-target identification, flash dimming, or video tracking assistance. VL53L5 highlights: 940 nm invisible Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Laser (VCSEL) and integrated analog driver 61° diagonal square system field of view (FoV) using diffractive optical elements (DOE) on both transmitter and receiver Receiving array of single-photon avalanche diodes (SPADs) Parallel multi-zone output – Either 4×4 (16 zones @ 60 fps) or 8×8 (64 zones @ 15 fps) separate ROI Up to 400 cm ranging 60 […]

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