12MP Raspberry Pi based AI camera supports 300fps video


Charmed Labs has launched a $229-and-up “Vizy” AI digicam constructed across the Raspberry Pi Four and a 12MP, as much as 300fps Sony iMX477 sensor. You additionally get a switchable IR filter and assist for M12 and C/CS lenses.

Charmed Labs, which has beforehand developed an MCU-based Pixy digicam, has returned with a Vizy AI digicam that runs Linux on a Raspberry Pi 4. The Vizy contains a 12.3-megapixel Sony iMX477 (PDF) — the identical sensor used on the Raspberry Pi Excessive high quality Digicam.

Vizy and its Motionscope app
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Charmed Labs has added video modes and drivers past what is offered with the Excessive high quality Digicam that allow options similar to assist as much as 300fps video “at top quality.” The digicam provides a switchable IR filter for switching between day and night time modes. A high-resolution, wide-angle, 3.25mm M12 lens is commonplace and a zoom lens is non-obligatory. Mounts can be found for each M12 and C/CS lenses.

The digicam ships with a 32GB microSD card with Python AI libraries together with Tensorflow, OpenCV, and PyTorch. There may be additionally an internet browser UI.

Accessible Python apps that make use of an non-obligatory outside enclosure embody a chook identification app that may additionally ship a sign by way of the GPIO to prompts a water sprinkler if a squirrel steals the birdfood. An app that makes use of an non-obligatory telescope mount permits you to establish and monitoring celestial objects. There may be additionally a Motionscope app for learning the physics of movement, amongst others.

Vizy element views
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The Vizy, which we noticed on CNXSoft, has already blown previous its Kickstarter targets and is offered in $229 early chook (or $249 commonplace) packages with 2GB RAM. There are additionally $249 early chook or $269 commonplace packages with 4GB. Add an 8-50mm, CS-mount zoom lens to the 4GB package deal for $299 or $329 and add an outside enclosure with IR mild to the 4GB Zoom lens package deal for $359 or $389.

A 4GB zoom lens package deal with a telescope adapter quite than an enclosure goes for $369 or $399. This “scientific” package deal additionally ships with an LED lighting accent. A $429 or $469 package deal supplies 4GB, zoom lens, and enclosure plus a USB-connected 4G mobile modem. Lastly, $499 and $539 “all the things” packages present all of the choices listed above.

Extra Vizy element views
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The Vizy exposes the ports of the Raspberry Pi Four and provides entry to the GPIO by way of a terminal block connector with 8x connections for digital I/O, analog I/O, PWM, UART serial, and high-current output as much as 1000 mA per channel. The IP66-protected digicam additionally features a real-time clock with battery backup, a tripod mount, a fan, and a buzzer.


The Vizy ships with an influence change and 25W AC adapter for the 12V DC provide. A PMIC provides protected shutdown, hibernation, and alarm wake-up modes.

If the characteristic combine within the KS packages is to not your liking you may add the choices as particular person equipment. It’s also possible to improve to the Raspberry Pi 8GB RAM mannequin for $25.

Additional data

The Vizy is offered on Kickstarter by way of Oct. 30 beginning at $229, with shipments due in January. Extra data could also be discovered on the Vizy Kickstarter web page and the Charmed Labs Vizy announcement.

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