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Thermal imaging/ Nightvision?

Fri May 24, 2013 6:42 pm

Does anyone know whether any thermal/ night vision cameras work with the Pi? Just curious... <Dangerous Wink>


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Re: Thermal imaging/ Nightvision?

Fri May 24, 2013 7:43 pm

Most webcams work on the Pi although some may have compatibility issues depending their certain chipsets.
I can't say I've ever seen thermal imaging cameras in USB form most i've seen are hand-held camcorder type with video output for a TV i.e. composite and cost around 2000+ quid.
As for nightvision webcams make sure it doesn't have an IR filter and illumination is infrared instead of the crappy white LEDs found on most cheap Chinese rubbish.
Ironically I actually modified one of my cheap Chinese rubbish to become a genuine night vision webcam, made easy since the filter glass sat glued behind the lens and surprisingly sensitive. :)

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Re: Thermal imaging/ Nightvision?

Sat May 25, 2013 10:24 pm

PrimeSense sensor has a infrared camera on it that works with the raspberry pi using openNI. Here is a shot of the sensors streaming.

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Here is a video of it on my robot.

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