EDIT: I’ve changed the title from it’s initial OAK-D-Lite Kickstarter focus, because this post has turned into more general discussion of OAK camera integrations.
Just letting people know there’s a kickstarter that’s just begun for a pretty awesome new 4K@30fps + stereo camera with ML capabilities and on-chip encoding (H264/H265/MJPEG). It’s by a partnership between OpenCV and Luxonis, with first units expected to ship in December
It builds on the OpenCV-AI Kit Depth (OAK-D) variant they kickstarted for last year and released this year, but is lower cost, lower weight, and smaller, which makes it better suited for applications like robotics. The campaign page has heaps of application videos, along with specs (easiest to find in the FAQs):
If it’s relevant/of interest, they’ve provided a 3D model of it on their github.
A couple of disclaimers:
- I have personally backed this campaign (it’s already fully funded, so any additional incentive is just to achieve stretch goals).
Kickstarter campaigns always come with some risk, particularly given the widespread logistics issues in the technology industry at the moment. For some context, the initial OpenCV AI Kit kickstarter last year had some significant delays in delivery (due pretty much entirely to those logistics issues), so note that while it’s very likely the devices in this campaign will get made and shipped, it’s possible they’ll be later than estimated.
From the Comments section it seems like they started sourcing components for this at the start of this year, which is why they’re expecting the early backer rewards to be deliverable in December, and once the backer pledge numbers go past what they’ve pre-stocked for they’ll have a new offer for ones that are expected to arrive at some point in 2022 (not yet determined when).