Raspberry Pi infrared camera module sees in the dark
The Raspberry Pi Foundation has designed a infrared camera module and RS Components is selling it for £16.80.
But this module has the optical light filter removed to enable IR light frequencies.
This opens up applications including those requiring night vision (e.g. security and monitoring nocturnal animal behaviour), hyperspectral imaging, astronomy, and paranormal investigation.
It can take still photos with a resolution of 2592 x 1944.
The module measures 20mm x 25mm x 9mm, can also record up to 1080p HD videos at 30 frames per second, allowing users of Raspberry Pi models A and B to build video applications.
The board will plug into the currently unused CSI pins on the Raspberry Pi, using the I²C interface for control.
“To get started with Pi NoIR, users will need a Raspberry Pi board, an SD card with OS installed, and a battery pack or power supply,” said RS.
Optional extras include an infrared lamp, a Raspberry Pi camera stand, and various cables for HDMI, VGA and Ethernet connectivity.
Andrew Back, a consultant with RS, has been blogging about nocturnal wildlife observation with the Pi NoIR.