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Reading USB camera data from a microcontroller

Discussion in 'Embedded' started by Ivan Nathvalski, Aug 29, 2005.

  1. Can some USB, microcontroller expert advise me how can a USB webcam be
    interfaced with a microcontroller (PIC, ATMega, etc) so that we can capture
    image frames (low speed, low res) with the microcontroller?
    Ivan Nathvalski, Aug 29, 2005
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  2. Ivan Nathvalski

    mark jb Guest

    Can some USB, microcontroller expert advise me how can a USB webcam be
    you'd need a usb host on the board to interface with the micro, power to run
    the cam from the board... you may be better ripping a cheap cam apart and
    pulling a direct video output before the usb out (if possible)

    mark jb, Aug 29, 2005
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  3. Forget it.
    Better just to buy one of the cameras with a video output.
    Key thing about USB, is that it is designed to make the 'slave' device
    relatively easy to produce. The 'host' device, requires a _lot_ more
    hardware and code. It is possible to produce a basic host, but you are
    looking at perhaps 5 to 10* as much work as producing a direct video

    Best Wishes
    Roger Hamlett, Aug 29, 2005
  4. About as well as you could pull a 20-ton cargo trailer up a hill using
    a bicycle. You need a USB host for that, which needs between one and
    two orders of magnitude more CPU power than what you're envisioning.
    Hans-Bernhard Broeker, Aug 29, 2005
  5. Cypress makes some nice little USB host chips - I'd reccomend taking a
    look at those as I doubt a 8b micro could handle the complexities of a
    USB host interface. Best of luck!

    -M. Noone
    Michael J. Noone, Aug 29, 2005
  6. Ivan Nathvalski

    Alex Gibson Guest

    Go with an older type serial cam or get a camucam2 or avr cam
    or similar.


    http://home.teleport.ch/idobson/ using bascom avr

    Alex Gibson, Aug 30, 2005
  7. Ivan Nathvalski

    dmm Guest

    Not a USB solution, but John Orlando and Brent Taylor won 2nd prize
    in Circuit Cellar's AVR contest last year with an ATmega8 controlled camera.
    dmm, Aug 30, 2005
  8. USB is a master-slave system. Camera is a slave, so you need a master (USB
    host). Low-end micros with USB are USB slaves too.

    You need a USB host. It is either built into the higher-end processors or
    you need external chip. But this is only half a problem. Then you need USB
    host stack, typically found in larger OS, like Linux.

    Rudolf Ladyzhenskii, Oct 2, 2005
  9. I'm solving this problem with a Linksys NSLU2 (Network storage system).
    This device has one ethernet port, two USB host, and 1.5 serial ports.

    You can load a version of Linux on it that will handle a webcam.

    I am planning on preporoccesing the image there and then passing on
    the relevent information to my main processor.

    D. Jay Newman, Oct 2, 2005
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