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FPGA based processing. Unlike a locked ASIC, the FPGA allows the user to implement custom code. This can be on the back end, like facial recognition or green screen subtraction, to something as deep into the system as creating your own de-mosaicing algorithm. This requires a working knowledge of HDL.
Access to chip-level registers is the ultimate in control over the image sensor. Each chip has upwards of 1,000 8-bit registers which control every aspect of the chip and how it functions. They are the DNA of a sensor chip. We have developed a UI which allows users to access, read, and reprogram these registers.
Auxiliary I/O connects you directly to the sensor chip. This gives you access to timing registers for synchronization and strobe trigger. It is essential for 3D imaging, VR and multiple camera systems.
20 channels of user defined I/O on the camera board. We provide this so that the user can add powered optics such as power focus, zoom, aperture, shutter and IR switching. Like all aspects of this camera, the channels are not limited to just these functions and can be configured by the users to support their applications.
Auxiliary power in provides the user with alternative and supplemental power if their USB 3.0 or Ethernet aren’t sufficient. Provides power to support additional user installed modules.
Onboard power take off gives the user 2.5 and 5.0 volts of isolated and protected power. Their application may require the camera to power a WiFi or Bluetooth module or other device. Instead of having to find an outside power source, we provide one internally.
Interchangeable 12mm optics. In digital imaging it all beings with the optics. The better the lens, the better the initial image. We chose 12mm optics as they provide a balance between cost and quality: a significantly better image quality than the pinhole and 1mm lenses found on mobile devices and smart phones at a fraction of the cost of larger, professional grade and scientific lenses. The camera was also designed to support the use of larger legacy glass and powered modules. This enables you to use the correct optics for your application.
Interchangeable optical filters are similar to the lenses. 12mm allows for incorporation of cost effective filters, perfect for scientific or astronomy applications.
Interchangeable camera boards are the key element of our design. We allow the user to pick an image sensor that is matched to her/his specific need. This also provides the flexibility to have only one processing board and multiple boards which is far less expensive than numerous specialized cameras. Designed with sports analytics and university research in mind.
Interchangeable microphones provide 2 on-board channels of audio or low-bandwidth data. This is similar in concept to how the smartphone credit card readers work via the audio jack. In our case, the audio channels can be used to collect user-defined data and interlace it directly to each frame of video. Perfect for those applications like deep sea research where audio is not necessary, but data capture is essential.
Customizible output, Primary USB 3.0 output provides accessibility for most PC/Linux based systems. Secondary output may be determined by the user using the SFP+ cage available modules - HDMI, GigE or SDI. For those who have specific applications, this provides the ability to design your own/custom modules.
Housing – rugged, versatile, with integrated, passive cooling. The housing also had to allow for multiple ways to mount it to things and things to it. And finally, it had to be rugged. Useful for hazardous environments that may be encountered by robots and drones.