Google launched their maker friendly AIY projects with a Voice Kit back in May, today they’ve launched a new kit with the AIY Vision Kit adding a visual aspect to the project.
Google says the AIY Vision Kit features ‘on-device neural network acceleration, providing powerful computer vision without a cloud connection’. The AIY Vision Kit is again powered by a Raspberry Pi, though this time it’s the Raspberry Pi Zero W board, with a Raspberry Pi Camera and an SD card also required in addition to the AIY Vision Kit.
The AIY Vision Kit includes a number of other components including the VisionBonnet board for Raspberry Pi. The VisionBonnet board has an Intel Movidius MA2450 low-power vision processing unit that Google says is capable of running neural network models on-device that allows the project to work without an internet connection.
Google has provided a software package for the project:
- Identify all kinds of plant and animal species
- See when your dog is at the back door
- See when your car left the driveway
- See that your guests are delighted by your holiday decorations
- See when your little brother comes into your room (sound the alarm!)
Like their AIY Voice Kit, Google has again partnered with US-based MicroCenter to distribute the AIY Vision Kit, which will cost $44.99USD and be available in-store from early December. No international suppliers have been announced, nor has any partnership with MagPi magazine been announced, so it looks like this will remain a US-only project for now.