Camera Upgrade Options
After the discussion of bandwidth limitations in the 2/14 development call, I went looking for other camera options.
(for reference, it looks like OpenROV is currently using the Microsoft LifeCam HD-5000)
I found the HackHD camera which seemed nice but not right because it only has composite video-out (HD is recorded).
In the comments, I found another product called Hackacam that came from a recently completed Kickstarter. It has a bunch of advantages:
- h264 video encoding for lower bandwidth
- interchangeable lenses
- onboard ARM chip
- programmable DSP chip and SDK
- 1080p streaming
Downsides, it's not available yet (expected to ship late march), and it's more expensive (~$150, not sure what final sale price will be).
I emailed the creator of the project and he said OpenROV sounded interesting and he'd talk with the project devs about how Hackacam could work with OpenROV.
If someone who knows about the video electronics, physical constraints, power, software, etc (Eric? someone else?) and can join me for a call, I'll schedule it.
Anyone with input or questions to ask, please respond here or email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I'll try to get an answer.
I'll bring it up in the next dev call too.