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Posted in: Nuts and Volts (August 2013)

Kickstarter: Pixy

Pixy is ready! Get a Kickstarter deal before the project ends!

The team

  •     Rich LeGrand has been playing with robots and embedded systems for 25 years.  He started Charmed Labs in 2002 with the goal of “bringing advanced technologies to new audiences by making the technologies easy to use and affordable.  And to have fun in the process.”  (That's Pixy!) 
  •     Scott Robinson started working on Pixy as a graduate student at CMU.  His focus has typically been in embedded systems, AI, and computer vision, which is why the CMUcam has been such a great fit for him. He's now working at Sandia National Laboratories as an R&D Engineer and is continuing to provide frequent updates to the CMUcam project. You can check out his blog at stackabuse.com
  •     Anthony Rowe is a faculty member at Carnegie Mellon University who has worked in the area of embedded systems for more than a decade   His group at CMU studies the design of next generation connected sensing and control systems.  Part of this work included earlier versions of the CMUcam, which we hope to take to the next level through this project.

Technical specs

  •     Processor: NXP  LPC4330, 204 MHz, dual core
  •     Image sensor: Omnivision OV9715, 1/4", 1280x800
  •     Lens field-of-view: 75 degrees horizontal, 47 degrees vertical
  •     Lens type: standard M12 (several different types available)
  •     Power consumption: 140 mA typical
  •     Power input: USB input (5V) or unregulated input (6V to 10V)
  •     RAM: 264K bytes
  •     Flash: 1M bytes
  •     Available data outputs: UART serial, SPI, I2C, USB, digital, analog
  •     Dimensions: 2.1" x 1.75" x 1.4"