Give your gizmo the gift of sight
I recently stumbled upon this community and my current project is a perfect match. I am working on a low cost vision module, in the opposite end of the spectrum from CentEye.
Currently there are not many good options if you want a low cost vision module. CMUCam4 looks promising but as of now has limited availability and is expensive. Plus it uses Parallax Propeller processor, if you want to work on it you have to learn a new processor architecture and language.
With recent release of STM32F4 microcontrollers it is easier than ever to interface with cmos image sensors. The processor has hardware peripheral which supports camera interface. Plus it is has DSP functionality with hardware Floating point unit. Camera module is Omnivision OV7670, which is 640x480 pixel sensor.
I have been working on this project for couple of months now. I have finished the schematics and PCB layout. In fact the PCB is being fabricated and parts are on order as of yesterday.
Here are few links about the project
Here are couple of images of 3d model of the board.
I am hardware/embedded software guy, I have no experience in image processing. I hope this project is of interest to you guys and you participate in it. The software has not been developed at all so any suggestions and advice on the software design and image processing would be much appreciated.
*The project has been released under Creative Common Share Alike license.