I'm looking for a platform for basic image processing. Found nice products called fit-pc & fit-pc2i

Does anyone know/use better alternatives for that? It would be great if it could run Linux/Windows. 

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Comment by Ruwan on May 23, 2012 at 8:33pm

@Monroe, the board found @ http://defense.ge-ip.com/products/2063 looks good :-). I guess we can't develop on linux or windows on it?


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Comment by Ruwan on May 23, 2012 at 8:35pm

@Rory Paul, yes you are right. I was looking into ethernet option as well. 


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Comment by Ruwan on May 23, 2012 at 8:41pm

@Maxime, the dronolab one is quite nice. I'm reading it carefully. It also uses OpenCV, which I intend to use!

Comment by me on May 23, 2012 at 9:29pm

Check out the Gumstix Overo computers (especially the Fire and Water). Haven't flown one yet but the power is there to run linux et al.

https://www.gumstix.com

Comment by Jason Lyons on May 23, 2012 at 10:57pm

Gumstix, Beagleboard, Pandaboard, etc. are all great barebone boards and don't come with any bulky stuff, some even have built-in WiFi which can be handy if you don't need super long-range comms.

Comment by Adam Conway on May 23, 2012 at 11:18pm

I have a couple Fit-PC 3s that I have for work.  They are okay, however Foxconn sells a tiny nettop based on the E-350 which is much faster and more modern (and 1/4 the price!)

Comment by Ovidiu Sopa on May 23, 2012 at 11:30pm

indeed E-350 chip has lots of procesing power, you can check out a few Asus motherboards here :

http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/AMD_CPU_on_Board

and 8 motherboards with E-350 comparison test at this link 

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/e-350-motherboard-brazos,2958.html

Comment by Mike de Landgraaf on May 24, 2012 at 2:16am

raspberry pi is the way to go, $25 bucks and plenty of processing power

Comment by Ed on May 24, 2012 at 9:19am

I worked in a team of 4 last year to build and fly an autonomous blimp to do 3D reconstruction of the terrain using computer vision (a single camera + IMU).

 

We used a PC104 board featuring a 2.2GHz Core 2 Duo chip. Camera was firewire. Everything written to an SSD. The CPU was pegged but then 3D reconstruction is a harder problem than a lot of other cvis. Anyway, we were pleased with the performance of the PC104 boards. We put Arch Linux on it, which is a particularly delicious flavour I think. Raspberry Pi is certainly not 'plenty' of processing power assuming modern cvis algorithms and decent resolution and frame-rates. But it might be enough for the app.

 

Video of it just because we all like videos of flying hardware:

 

Comment by robert bouwens on May 24, 2012 at 10:36am

in general pc based platforms miss industrial ports like spi and i2c.

all arm platforms will have these ports and much more. but not more cpu power.

 

@ed: really nice blimp

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