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BeagleBone Black gains 720p camera cape

Dec 10, 2013  |  Eric Brown
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RadiumBoards announced a $50 “HD Camera Cape” for the BeagleBone Black with a 1.3-megapixel Aptina sensor that provides 720p, 30fps video and Linux and Android support.

There’s now a second commercially available camera cape (add-on board) for the BeagleBone Black single board computer, following up on CircuitCo’s 3.1-megapixel BeagleBone 3.1MP Camera Cape. The $50 HD Camera Cape comes from RadiumBoards, a Haryana, India based subsidiary of VVDN Technologies, and provides 720p, 30 frames per second video capture.



HD Camera Cape
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RadiumBoards does not list the camera’s megapixels, but it’s based on a 1.3-megapixel, 1/6-inch Aptina MT9M114 HD sensor. Like the BeagleBone 3.1MP Camera Cape, it connects via the Aptina sensor’s CAM I/F interface and the GPMC interface of the 1GHz, Texas Instruments AM3359 system-on-chip rather than simply hooking up to the board via USB. This offers lower power consumption than a USB-based camera, and frees up your USB port.



HD Camera Cape sensor board alone (left) and fully installed on the BeagleBone Black
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The HD Camera Cape is touted for its superior low-light performance, ultra-low-power consumption, and progressive scan with “Electronic Rolling Shutter” capability. The 3.17 x 2.65-inch cape runs on 3.3V or 5V power via expansion connectors, and offers two power LEDs.



HD Camera Cape components (left) and block diagram
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The cape is equipped with two 46-pin BeagleBone Black cape connectors, along with an optional 6-pin connector. There are also two pairs of 30-position sensor board connectors and a 24-pin camera sensor socket.

The HD Camera Cape supports temperatures ranging from 0 to 85°C. The cape requires a BeagleBone Black with 512MB of RAM and 2GB of eMMC flash. The device ships with a CD-ROM that includes drivers for Linux and Android, and is said to be easily customizable.

 
Further information

The HD Camera Cape is available now from RadiumBoards for $50 at the HD Camera Cape product page, and can also be found at the BeagleBoard capes catalog page.
 

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