An AI camera whose software is based around the Raspberry Pi is designed to process and interpret images to allow extraction of data and performance of tasks
Spotted: Texas-based Charmed Labs is developing a camera, called the Vizy, powered by the Raspberry Pi, to be used as a vision platform. The camera will allow almost anyone to develop applications to extract, process and interpret image data.
The idea for the camera came to Charmed Labs’ President, Rich LeGrand, when he was working with physics teachers. The original idea was to develop a vision system physics teachers could use to track the motion of objects and help them teach some basic principles of physics. The Vizy developed out of this.
The Vizy is a high-resolution camera with high-quality optics that can support both daytime and nighttime use, and capture more than 300 frames per second. The camera comes with deep-learning neural networks that can easily detect objects, people and animals. The camera also has easy-to-use Python-based software which makes it easy to write browser-based applications. On top of this, all processing is done on-board, so no network connection or pay monthly server fee is needed.
Charmed Labs, which is currently seeking funding on Kickstarter, comes with a number of ready-to-run applications, including a motion scope and an app which monitors your birdfeeder and identifies the species who visit. LeGrand told Springwise that “We think the software pieces we’ve put together will really make writing AI, vision, IoT, and scientific applications much easier. We started developing the software 2 years ago — it’s come a long way and it does pretty much everything we hoped it would, so we’re really excited to see the cool things people will do with it!”
At Springwise, we have seen a rapid increase in applications using computer vision. Recent innovations include a shoppable streaming platform that allows users to buy products they see in real-time; voice ordering kiosks that allow restaurant customers to order contact-free; and a drone that can spot people exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19.
Written By: Lisa Magloff