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.
@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?
@Rory Paul, yes you are right. I was looking into ethernet option as well.
@Maxime, the dronolab one is quite nice. I'm reading it carefully. It also uses OpenCV, which I intend to use!
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.
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.
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!)
indeed E-350 chip has lots of procesing power, you can check out a few Asus motherboards here :
and 8 motherboards with E-350 comparison test at this link
raspberry pi is the way to go, $25 bucks and plenty of processing power
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:
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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