Hey Pixy fans! Update on our newest product: the fine folks over at DroneBot Workshop have created a very comprehensive video detailing all of the functionality in Pixy2. Check it out below!
We recently released Pixymon ver 3.0.24, Pixy2 firmware ver 3.0.11, Arduino library ver 1.0.3, and new libpixyusb2 code. Among the changes are:
- “getRGB” functionality added to video program, added new Arduino and libpixyusb2 examples to illustrate getRGB
- added “get raw frame” example to libpixyusb2, fixed chirp/libpixyusb2 bug,
- Added frames-per-second parameter (slider) for improved noise and exposure in low-lighting environments
- Framerate display and cursor location added to PixyMon
- Improved and recalibrated lens-shading for image sensor/module
- Automatic program change from port requests (SPI, I2C, UART, USB)
- Several (unreported) bug fixes in firmware and PixyMon
Note, all the latest releases including this release are in the Downloads section.
Hi folks, we are so excited to announce the release of Pixy2! That’s right, your favorite vision sensor has been completely upgraded, hardware and firmware alike.
Here’s a quick video to catch you up to speed:
New features include:
- Smaller, faster and lower cost
- Easy line tracking with new line-following algorithms
- Built-in light source (dual LEDs) for illuminating what Pixy is looking at
- Redesigned Pan/Tilt unit
- Available now at distributors around the world!
we are proud to say that Pixy is now carried by major online electronics retailer Sparkfun! They even made a sweet video about our little camera system! Check the video out below – or click here for the product page.
We’ve got more good stuff in the works – our engineering team is cranking hard to release some new products in the next 6 – 12 months. Stay tuned!
What have people been making with Pixy? Lots of cool stuff, apparently! Every week we scour Youtube for fresh videos from Pixy users around the world. We add the most popular ones to our Youtube playlist called “What Can You Make With A Pixy?”
Read on for a few of our favorites…
Torbjorn’s Turret – a real-life recreation of an auto-tracking cannon from the game “Overwatch.” Burly motors and a manual mode, complete with laser-assisted first-person video targeting(!) make this a badass build! Continue reading “4 awesome videos from Pixy robot builders”
We’ve been reviewed by Jaidyn Edwards, an Australian vlogger and maker, who has been creating some great how-tos and project videos lately. Check out the review below, and his YouTube channel here for tons of inspiring and educational material.
We are excited to be featured in Jameco’s extensive catalog of electronic components! We’ve been buying parts from these guys since the 1980s, so it’s a proud moment to have made it to the “other side” as a product manufacturer. You can check out the listing here.
Check out this interview with Charmed Labs founder and lead engineer Rich LeGrand! Worth reading if you’re curious about the process behind Pixy and other Charmed Labs products, and Rich’s thoughts on crowdfunding (in 2013, we raised $250k on Kickstarter to launch Pixy).
I wanted to share some exciting news. We sent out a survey a while back, and we received an incredibly enthusiastic response for adding LEGO Mindstorms support for Pixy. So, we’ve been working hard since then, and we’re happy to announce that it’s ready!
Thanks so much for your support! Check out the video and product details below.
Robot vision made easy
Pixy is a fast vision sensor for DIY robotics and similar applications. You can teach Pixy an object just by pressing a button. Use Pixy for lots of different applications. It’s capable of tracking hundreds of objects simultaneously and only provides the data you are interested in.
Pixy LEGO uses custom firmware that speaks the LEGO sensor protocol. A special cable is provided that plugs directly into your LEGO brick. You’ll be up and running fast!
Pixy becomes part of the LEGO visual programming environment. We provide software blocks for Pixy that make writing LEGO programs as easy as drag and drop!
Pixy CMUcam5 is a collaboration between Charmed Labs and Carnegie Mellon University.
LEGO Mindstorms EV3 and NXT are trademarks of the LEGO Group. Neither Charmed Labs nor Carnegie Mellon University is associated with the LEGO Group.
This is a big day for Pixy. Our gallant vision sensor has been featured as part of a sweet automated video camera build on the Ben Heck Show! In the 2-part video below, he shows how he manufactures his own pulley and pan/tilt system, along with a custom Pixy mount that attaches to the hot shoe of the video camera. We’re stoked to be featured on the show! Dig the episode: