USB camera with Arduino?

Tommy report abuse

Can I conenct a usb camera with Arduino? For recognizing motion.


mattb report abuse

Hi Tommy,

I've looked into this before, but it always circled back to the arduino simply having too little memory to be useful.

i found good alternatives though for my projects:

  1. Arducam: this is a small serial interface camera that goes directly into the arduino IO. I guess this is more for a single capture or two, maybe ok for transmitting via wifi or xbee.

  2. RPi + Alamode HAT: this was a really fun combination. the Alamode is an adruino that mates right to the RPi IO connector. That way I could grab and process images on the RPi, and offload all my IO things to the Alamode board. A nice bonus was that it also had a realtime clock with cr2032 backup battery :)

  3. I've also got to plug the guys at GHI electronics. They build arm based board running .net micro framework. Once upon a time they even made an arduino clone board called Fez Domino. This had enough  juice to run an rs232 camera that output jpgs. I tossed on my motor and xbee shields from the arduino and had a nice 'Mars rover' in a couple days. Their Cobra board was a big step up and could handle my webcam, and since then they've only gotten better.

.net micro is coding in C# also. It was a bit unnatural to watch this run on a microcontroller :), but oh so convenient!


i hope this helps!!

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