OpenMV Cam M7 progress

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OpenMV Cam M7 progress

Postby kamikaze » Fri Dec 16, 2016 12:13 pm

Hello guys, I think you should promote this camera more agressively. Looks like people are still do not know about it. And even more does not know about OpenMV any camera, it's capabilities and features. Also some do think that it has closed source firmware.
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Re: OpenMV Cam M7 progress

Postby kwagyeman » Fri Dec 16, 2016 6:13 pm

Any ideas for what we should do? I've reached out to a few places with no responses.
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Re: OpenMV Cam M7 progress

Postby kamikaze » Mon Dec 19, 2016 10:17 am

I've tried to put URL in many embedded electronic groups in Google+. I'm not a advertisement/sales guy. But it would be nice to have an article about this project that describes most of the things. Some introduction that starts with a new camera and follows by old version with images of "look what projects could be done with it", some videos, code examples... So people could be attracted even if they didn't want to get this from the beginning (because they were not informed well). And then go to all possible places and share this link. Also you could try to reach non-english portals too if you are able to translate this article (I could help with russian version). Some good places are:

https://habrahabr.ru/

http://easyelectronics.ru/

https://www.nixp.ru/

Also why not to try to contact Adafruit guys? And/or create your own video "article" if you have time and resources )
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Re: OpenMV Cam M7 progress

Postby kwagyeman » Mon Dec 19, 2016 10:37 am

I've reached out to Hackaday where this project was born for them to feature us in an article. So far no response... even though I talked to them at the Hackaday conferences. Adafruit gave us a big no on selling our product when I last talked to them. But, that was more than 6 months ago. We've sent samples to SparkFun and they will get around to reviewing it eventually, they seem interested at least. Finally, we've sent stuff to Seeed Studio but talks broke down for some reason on that front. I guess I'll have to re-approach that later.

Something which should show some concrete results in the mean time will be putting up Google Adwords.

As for videos we could really user user help to make those. I'm trying to stay focused on developing the platform so people can use it easily. Right now I'm finally getting the docs up to date.

Anyway, thanks for the ideas! Maybe once I get that QRCode library working I'll do a video of that. I think the M4 board can actually handle it.
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Re: OpenMV Cam M7 progress

Postby petri » Wed Jan 04, 2017 12:09 pm

I look forward to putting in preorder for two M7 cams. But before I do, I would like to see some information on things like:

- what is being/will be done to prevent parts / manufacturing issues such as ones that plagued the kickstarter campaign?
- if some such issues nevertheless arise, what is the policy?
- what kind of warranty & return policy is offered?

Thanks.
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Re: OpenMV Cam M7 progress

Postby kwagyeman » Wed Jan 04, 2017 2:12 pm

Hi:

*So, the big issue last time was the camera sensor, the OV2640 sensor. We switched to the OV7725 sensor and our problems went away. We'll continue using the OV7725 sensor.
* As for the new design there are only minimal changes between it and the current M4 based board we sell.
* The USB connector is now through-hole so you can't rip it off. This was an issue for a lot of folks.
* Finally, we'll have a better version of the boot loader which should not have programming issues.

In addition to all the above we're repeating the same manufacturing process that worked for us with the M4 boards. In particular, right now we are still running prototypes to get a golden design. Our last prototype should be in our hands next week. Assuming it works without any issue we'll order 40 boards like we did for the M4 cam on 2 panels. These two panels will be tested with a new testing rig.

If all the above works without issue we'll begin full production.

As for a policy if manufacturing problems arise - we should be able to provide a full refund. M4 sales will cover the bulk of the manufacturing cost. I.e. we are mainly paying for the production run out of pocket. The M7 sales are most useful for making is so the company doesn't go broke after the M7 production run.

As for the warranty policy. We've been replacing broken OpenMV Cam's without any question currently. Returns however, will not be accepted after the order has shipped. We have no capacity to handle returns. If you want a refund you need to ask me to cancel your order before it ships.
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