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MEP EP#27: If There is a Bug, You Can Fix It

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Runtime: (36:40)

Parker Dillmann
Stephen Kraig

Kwabena Agyeman

Podcast Notes

  • Our Guest this week is Kwabena Agyeman who runs OpenMV (Figure 1).
  • The OpenMV project is about creating low-cost, extensible, Python-powered, machine vision modules and aims at becoming the “Arduino of Machine Vision” (Figure 2).
  • Parker is using an OpenMV camera for the first iteration of the Semi-Automatic Inspection Machine.
  • The great thing about Open Source is that you can fix bugs.
  • OpenMV started as a Kickstarter.
  • The original OV2640 Omni Vision camera sensor was discontinued and gray market parts where found but didn’t work. Replaced with the OV7725.
  • KeySniffer sniffs cheap wireless keyboard protocols. We should take a page from BSG and go all wired to prevent Cylon infiltration.
  • Facebook has a new Area 404 Hardware division. Could see some interesting hardware come out of this? Possibly similar to Bell Labs of ole?

Figure 1: Kwabena of OpenMV holding up an OpenMV panel.

Figure 2: OpenMV camera.

Special thanks to whixr over at Tymkrs for the intro and outro theme!