I can give feedback on that:
- alternative hw version without soldered-on pin headers
Yes, this is something I’d like to do but it would require us to stock 2 SKUs. In future revisions I have a plan to address that.
- alternative hw version with the sensor-lens unit connect to main board by a cable
In future revisions I have a plan for this too.
- improved support for outdoor use (waterproof case to keep out rain and prevent dew buildup)
Ibrahim is working on a case.
- built-in support for hooking in & charging a LiPo battery, with battery low - detection
This is hard for us. We’ll need a lot more volume before we can do this easily. The STM32 line of microcontrollers does not have built-in WiFi (kinda lame).
As for a future revision, assuming we can ramp sales with the M7. We’ll do a KickStarter in the very distant future for a version of the system where the main MCU/camera/lens-mount are all in one package and connect to a carrier board that looks like the OpenMV Cam. This will free up space for a lipo charger along with allowing businesses to buy the camera module by itself as a unit. The camera module will connect to the board via mezzanine connectors… which can attach to a cable assembly if necessary. Not sure how WiFi will fit in the picture.
Anyways, getting there is far off. We have to sell a lot of M7 boards first to get a lot of capital and customers.
We’re not changing the design much for the M7 board because we’re trying not to go out of business and we can’t mess anything up right now. The M7 board design is conservative for that reason.