Embedded-machine-vision development modules talk to PandaBoards

September 09, 2013 // By Graham Prophet
Texas Instruments' DLP LightCrafter 4500 aids the process of developing real-time, inline machine vision products via compatibility with embedded processing solutions; this DLP technology development kit enables integration with the popular PandaBoard platform.

Texas Instruments has announced compatibility with PandaBoard for its DLP LightCrafter 4500 modules, forming an embedded platform that eliminates the need for a dedicated laptop or PC. The combination of PandaBoard 4500 with DLP LightCrafter 4500 allows for the creation of self-contained, high-precision mobile tools to meet a growing number of applications, such as inline machine vision systems, portable, high accuracy 3D scanners, and field spectrometers.

"DLP LightCrafter 4500 is a powerful tool on its own for manipulating light in current and new applications," said Mariquita Gordon, business manager, DLP Embedded. "By offering a seamless connection between DLP LightCrafter 4500 and the well-known PandaBoard, we're expanding the ease of use to help developers turn an idea into a prototype, and then into a real-world product to solve problems with programmable light."

Most solutions will use a PC or embedded processor. For more portable or handheld solutions, the PandaBoard 4500 allows users to run larger, more complex apps through DLP LightCrafter 4500, while the built-in 1GHz, dual-core processor improves both pattern loading speeds and streaming rates. PandaBoard's 1GB of onboard RAM and an SD card slot also includes a suite of connectivity options, including Ethernet, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, USB 2.0, HDMI output and a camera input connector. The network of existing PandaBoard users adds another layer of support and enables developers to exploit the Android, Ubuntu and Linux operating systems.

PandaBoard 4500 is available for purchase from SVTronics ($210). The DLP LightCrafter 4500 costs $1299. To learn more about PandaBoard, please visit the official community page at PandaBoard.org.

TI; http://www.ti.com/lightcrafter4500-panda-pr-en

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