Gearing Up for Hot Gear Summer with the PureThermal OpenMV

The most powerful OpenMV Cam the world has ever seen overlays streaming video with FLIR Lepton thermal imagery on a built-in touchscreen.

Things are heating up on Hackster Launch (powered by GroupGets)... How much, you ask? We're not sure, but we'll know soon, thanks to the PureThermal OpenMV machine learning-powered thermal camera, launching today! This dream team collaboration between OpenMV and GroupGets is the most powerful OpenMV Cam to date, with a drool-worthy feature set that we'll take a quick dive into below!

First, however, we need to explain what it does — and it's hard to describe, so, take a moment to watch this video of OpenMV co-founder Kwabena W. Agyeman demonstrating the combined streaming video and thermal overlay:

While prior OpenMV projects have "focused" on the hobbyist market, aiming to be "the Arduino of machine vision," the PureThermal squarely targets the business audience, meaning that instead of constraining parts costs to stay within reach of the average hardware hacker, they were able to go all-out on features.

Here's a taste of what makes this the most powerful OpenMV offering the world has ever seen:

  • Dual-core Arm Cortex-M7 STM32H743XI (Arm Cortex-M7 (480 MHz) + Cortex-M4 (240 MHz))
  • OV5640 5MP (2592x1944) module with AutoFocus
  • FLIR Lepton 3.5 (runs in parallel with the OV5640 for thermal overlay)
  • microSD card slot (25 MB/s)
  • 64MB (double that of the OpenMV Cam H7 Plus!) of 32-bit SDRAM at 100 MHz (400 MB/s)
  • 32MB of quad SPI flash (50 MB/s)
  • 32KHz crystal for RTC operation in deep sleep
  • 1S LiPo support with USB battery charging, battery voltage and system current monitoring
  • Built-in ATWINC1500 WiFi support (12 Mb/s)
  • USB-C full speed (12 MB/s) for USB mSD, Virtual COM port, power and charging
  • 800x480 IPS LCD multi-touch screen with backlight dimming
  • DVI support over an HDMI connector (up to 1080p at 30 Hz)
  • SparkFun QWIIC connector (Seeed Grove-compatible)
  • RGB LED
  • Flash LED support
  • Buzzer support
  • OpenMV-compatible pin headers for expansion
  • Compatible with the OpenMV IDE

The PureThermal OpenMV is now available on GroupGets as part of the Hackster Launch program — get it while it's... hot!

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