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OpenMV IDE 2.1.0 and Firmware 3.2.0 Released!

Hi folks, Merry Christmas!

OpenMV IDE 2.1.0 and Firmware 3.2.0 are now available! Nothing much important has changed in OpenMV IDE (just bug fixes), however, one of our users Dr. Chris Rogers wrote a LabVIEW Plugin for the OpenMV Cam. This new plugin is now distributed with OpenMV IDE under the:

<install_dir>/share/qtcreator/labview

folder. Here are some screen shots!

LabView

LabView

LabView

Thank you Chris!

As for the firmware we fixed ALOT of various bugs encountered on the forums for Firmware 3.2.0 and we added MLX90640 and AMG8833 thermal vision sensor support to all OpenMV Cam modules. We already blogged about the thermal vision feature before but now it's actually available! So, if you have an OpenMV Cam M7 and want to start playing around with thermal images and color images combined you can now! We've got quite a few examples per sensor type making it a snap to get started now.

Moving on, we'd like to apologize for sitting on the firmware release for so long. Running the store and the Kickstarter have been taking up all the development time. OpenMV has gotten popular enough now with over 10K units sold that answering forum questions and dealing with customer service is now quite a bit of work. That said, we'd managed to keep on top of all the important stuff like the OpenMV Cam H7 Kickstarter!

OpenMV Cam H7 Kickstarter

Everything has been going smoothly for the OpenMV Cam H7 Kickstarter! We've gotten production samples back and have tested them all and they appear to be working without issues. If you are interested in a production sample let me know. I have about 20 at my house right now available for sale if you want one now. Note that I will be charging for the production samples and shipping via FedEx if you want one.

OpenMV Cam H7

OpenMV Cam H7

OpenMV Cam H7

OpenMV Cam H7

EtonTech, our contract manufacturer, tells us that the STM32H743VIT6 chips arrive in January and that we'll start production on-time allowing us to begin delivery by about the Chinese New Year (hopefully before things shutdown in China for the holidays).

New Shields

Next, we got some new shields for the OpenMV Cam coming soon:

Pan and Tilt Shield

We just got samples back for a new Pan and Tilt Shield that will be available soon on the webstore.

Pan and Tilt

This new shield breaks out the three servo pins (P7/P8/P9), provides a terminal block connector for powering the OpenMV Cam and servos from an un-regulated battery, and provides another battery servo connector power powering the OpenMV Cam and servos from an ESC.

Wireless Video Shield

Our friends at SingTown recently developed a wireless video transfer shield for the OpenMV Cam:

The new wireless video shield attaches to the OpenMV Cam via the SPI bus where the OpenMV Cam then sends image data to a SPI to NTSC video generator chip. The video generator chip is then connected to a 5 GHz wireless transmitter chip that broadcasts the video on the same frequencies used by drone FPV receivers.

Wireless Shield

Wireless Shield

Wireless Shield

We'll be getting these in stock once they are available. With the OpenMV Cam M7/H7 and the wireless video shield you'll be able to add thermal video to your drone! Note that the transmitter draws a lot of power however.

Can Shield

We haven't actually started developing a CAN shield yet. However, we've gotten a lot of requests from folks for CAN support. In particular, for FIRST robotics support. So, we're going to get a CAN interface shield done ASAP for folks to use the OpenMV Cam in CAN networking based applications.

Moving to Amazon FBA

Last but not least. You may have noticed the new UPC barcodes on our products now. We've been adding these so that we can move our products to Amazon FBA for better and faster shipping to everyone. I'll be setting up the Amazon FBA system over the holidays and hope to have all our inventory fully moved over before the OpenMV Cam H7 ships in March.

Anyway, That's all folks! (Kwabena and Massimo Banzi of Arduino below)

Massimo Sighting

Happy New Year!

Better CMSIS-NN Support

Hi folks - time for a short update,

First, thanks to everyone who's backed our OpenMV Cam H7 Kickstarter! We've raised 70K for the OpenMV Cam H7 now! Awesome! Anyway, If you haven't backed us yet please do! We've still got a few days left on the Kickstarter. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1798207217/openmv-cam-h7-machine-vision-w-micropython

Next, I spent some time updating the CMSIS-NN examples on the OpenMV Cam Github. We now have a README that walks you through how to use the library with exact command line values to run:

https://github.com/kwagyeman/openmv/tree/cmsis_improvements/ml/cmsisnn

With this new guide and a deep-learning machine you can now actually train networks. You can run all networks on the OpenMV Cam H7. For the OpenMV M7 only the smile and cifar10_fast networks are small enough to be runnable. In particular, networks need to be no more than 30KB or so. Anyway, if you want to create your own custom CNN now you can do so by following our README walk through on how we made our smile detection CNN. Once you've got a deep-learning rig and caffe installed then training a new network is very easy.

Finally, there was a bug in the CMSIS-NN code from ARM that has now been fixed which was previously causing issues with running your own CNN. It has now been fixed on the master of the OpenMV Cam GitHub.

Anyway, we're going to try to get an IDE release out with all these fixes along with new CNN examples now that we've documented how to do things.

Thanks for reading,

We reached our KickStarter goal! And UVC Support!

Hi folks, we reached our Kickstarter goal! The OpenMV Cam H7 is now FUNDED! Woot!

So, given this, we've gone ahead and placed an order for 10K STM32H7VIT6 from ST. Note that we're partnering with our Chinese Distributor SingTown on this production run to afford the 10K STM32H7 chips. Thanks Kaizhi and Yuan!

New Features

We've added UVC firmware support for the OpenMV Cam M7 and H7. With UVC support you can now stream video from your OpenMV Cam to a desktop PC or SBC. Using this feature you can turn your OpenMV Cam H7 into a FLIR Lepton webcam or a global shutter webcam.

This new feature will be available soon in the next software release.

Kickstarter

We've added new distributor Kickstarter Rewards to our campaign. If you're interested in reselling the OpenMV Cam H7 and want to help us out on our campaign we've got two new reward tiers:

  • Big Pack - $439 for 10 OpenMV Cam H7s ($44 per extra cam)
  • Distributor Pack - $999 for 25 OpenMV Cam H7s ($40 per extra cam)

The MSRP of the OpenMV Cam H7 will be $65 like the OpenMV Cam M7.

Moving on, if you'd like to purchase addons for your OpenMV Cam H7 (if you've already backed us) please increase your rewards according to the information below. Note that we'll be sending out an after Kickstarter survey using Backer-Kit to let you select what you receive given the funds you pledged.

Additional OpenMV Cam H7 w/ OV7725 camera module - add an extra $49 to your pledge to include an additional OpenMV Cam H7 w/ OV7725 camera module (more information).

OpenMV Cam H7 Case - add an extra $5 to your pledge to include a clear plastic case for your OpenMV Cam H7 (more information).

FLIR Lepton Adapter Module - add an extra $15 to your pledge to include a FLIR Lepton Adapter Module for attaching a FLIR Lepton Module to your OpenMV Cam H7 (more information). Does not come with a FLIR Lepton Camera Module. If you would like the adapter to come with a FLIR Lepton 3.5 Camera Module please add an extra $280 instead of $15 to your pledge to receive a FLIR Lepton Adapter Module and a FLIR Lepton 3.5 with Radiometry Support. Subject to GroupGets shipping restrictions.

Global Shutter Camera Module - add an extra $50 to your pledge to include a Global Shutter Camera Module for giving your OpenMV Cam precision machine vision (more information).

Proto Shield - add $4 to your pledge to include a Proto Shield for adding custom circuits to your OpenMV Cam (more information).

LCD Shield - add $16 to your pledge to include a LCD Shield for displaying images on-the-go with your OpenMV Cam (more information).

WiFi Shield - add $24 to your pledge to include a WiFi Shield for connecting your OpenMV Cam to the internet (more information).

Servo Shield - add $12 to your pledge to include a Servo Shield for controlling up to 8 hobby servos with your OpenMV Cam (more information).

Motor Shield - add $16 to your pledge to include a Motor Shield for controlling up to 2 DC motors from a battery with your OpenMV Cam (more information).

IR Lens - add $4 to your pledge to include an IR Lens (a lens without an IR cut filter) to allow your OpenMV Cam to easily see IR light (more information).

Telephoto Lens - add $4 to your pledge to include a Telephoto Lens (a zoom lens) to allow your OpenMV Cam to see far away (more information).

Wide Angle Lens - add $12 to your pledge to include a Wide Angle Lens to give your OpenMV Cam a wider field-of-view (more information).