We created Presto to hone and show off our embedded vision skills. Presto is a very low-cost, low-power device, built by Antimatter, that includes a camera, illumination system, and processing all in one small package. The vision processing is entirely local, so no internet connection is required.
To give you an idea of what you can do with it, we integrated Presto into an every-day appliance.
We are helping Makers4Good to create a unique flashlight and battery pack that can be charged by the sun or mains, charges your phone or tablet, and can run for a very long time on a charge.
This exciting project tested our mettle with LED lighting, power management, battery charging, and solar panels.
Afero is solving the problems of getting IoT devices connected to the Internet painlessly and securely. We worked with them to develop two products against their early hardware and software development kits.
Our friends at Leia3D make displays that generate the most impressive glasses-free 3D images we've ever seen. In addition to helping them with various electronics and software projects, we decided it would be cool to create a live video hologram to feed their display.
Their display shows a different image for each of 64 different points of view. Normally, you render content for it by positioning a virtual camera in 64 different locations and render a 3D scene. But these images are all synthetic. We got to thinking about what it would take to build a live camera that would create a video hologram.
Then Argus, the many-eyed beast, was born. Argus is a grid of 64 cameras that capture live video from every possible angle. It's a distributed system built on networked Raspberry Pis, each with a built-in camera. The Pis do much of the image processing, and a single Mac Mini acts as the hub to collect and tile the holographic image.
We built a TV set-top box and OS for Episode 1, supporting the creation of TV content using modern web tools.