It’s small–a little bigger than a box of matches–has a 120 degree wide-angle, 2-megapixel lens and can be placed anywhere you need another set of eyes. That’s the short list of features that describes Armstart’s WiCAM, which is currently in the pre-order phase after recently completing a successful Kickstarter campaign back in April of this year.
Armstart touts that the video camera can be used anywhere–as a rearview camera on vehicles to see what’s behind you, as a ‘tent-cam’ to watch bears destroy your campsite, and of course for home security surveillance when you’re home or away. However, it’s made to go beyond those applications with a completely open-source hardware and software framework.
Besides the camera that captures 1600×1200 pixel images and streaming 640×480 with 7 FPS video, the board features 4 X PWM for motor control, GPIO, I2C, SPI and an I2S audio interface for use with a microphone or other device. Altogether it’s a list of features that can be incorporated into a myriad of different projects.
The camera itself connects wirelessly to any mobile device or PC via a Wi-Fi or Bluetooth Low Energy 4 connectivity and comes with an integrated 1000mAh Lithium polymer battery to record video for longer periods without the need for a recharge.
While Armstart’s Kickstarter campaign is over, those interested can pre-order the WiCAM directly from the website starting at $77 for a base unit with no extras, which include everything from multiple mounts to an IR lamp and even a solar panel for outdoor enthusiasts. Shipping is scheduled for July 2016.