What is it?
This is a Breakout board for the Lepton Thermal Camera Module. This board provides the socket, power supply's, 25Mhz Crystal Oscillator, 100 mill header for use in a breadboard or wiring to any host system such as an ARM based Arduino or a Raspberry Pi.
The FLIR Lepton™ is the most compact longwave infrared (LWIR) sensor available as an OEM product. It packs a resolution of 80 × 60 pixels into a camera body that is smaller than a dime. This revolutionary camera core is poised to equip a new generation of mobile and handheld devices, as well as small fixed-mount camera systems, with thermal imaging capabilities never seen before.Lepton contains a breakthrough lens fabricated in wafer form, along with a microbolometer focal plane array (FPA) and advanced thermal image processing.
- This board will accept from 3-5V input and regulate it to what the Lepton Module wants.
- To read an image from the lepton module all you need is an SPI port.
- To configure the camera settings you also need an i2c port, although this is not required.
- The PCB has the same size and mount holes as the standard raspberry camera
Why did you make it?
There Currently are no other breakout boards for the Lepton Module. In addition the Lepton module requires a special socket to be used that is difficult to solder down (and hard to buy). This board make connecting the Lepton Module to something like the Raspberry Pi much simpler.
What makes it special?
Lets you see in full darkness without an IR light!
Where do I get a Lepton Module?
The minimum order for the modules from FLIR are 1000 modules. We are working with GroupGets.com, A crowd-funding site for buying stuff. This will allow you to buy just a single module (or more). Fully tested units are now sold here as well: https://store.groupgets.com/
I want more Info!
A Google groups page has been created here: groups.google.com/d/forum/flir-lepton Questions can be asked here.