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I'm looking for a way to put a camera on a robot for extremely little cost. My goal is to find a way to build a robot with a camera for ~$50. This price does not include any equipment that is not on the bot itself. (programmer, voltmeter, PC, etc)
In this case, I'm looking for something as simple as taking a photo and storing that on an sd card, not necessarily video, or full-blown robot vision processing, as either can easily be too much for an MCU. I'm also interested in capturing an image, and sending it to a pc wirelessly for further processing.
Given that the basic $50 robot apparently cost way more than $50 to build, I'll say you have some hills to negotiate
If you're planning to produce a million of them, you might be able to get the production cost down to $50.If this is just for a single 'bot, expect seceral times that.How many cameras are you planning to use?Why that many?Can you supply the power needed for them?
What's holding me back right now is that I do not understand exactly how this camera sends information on the output pins. It has 8 pins, and says that it uses parallel processing to send the bytes of the image. I'm thinking that this means that it sends an entire byte, each bit on one pin, for each byte of the image. does this mean that I would need 8 digital input pins on the MCU being used to capture the image, or would I use another IC to collect the image, and then send that serially to the MCU? I'm having a hard time finding any sort of tutorial for this type of information handling.
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