Enginursday: Designing a FLiR Pi Camera

My New Format

I’ve created a mobile, Pi-based FLiR camera for our engineering team to use for testing and troubleshooting. Really, I want to show the process of engineering rather than the product, so this week it’s a video!

The project files are hosted as a FLiRPiCam GitHub repository, which will be updated as I continue the process outlined in the video and add features like MOSFET switching for my batteries and a fully developed user application. Even so, the project is fully buildable from the GitHub, including 3D printing models, code and hardware – though it is an advanced project.

FLiRPiCam Features

  • FLiR Lepton module
  • Raspberry Pi 2
  • 7-inch touchscreen
  • ~1 hour battery life
  • Rechargeable
  • Battery monitoring into Linux
  • Button interface for capturing screenshots, mounting and unmounting USB
  • Buttons can trigger custom shell scripts, which can be edited from the OS

Next time I’ll be demonstrating how to use the camera to test circuits – and showing off a fancy new body for it!

Stay inspired,
Marshall

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