NEW AND IMPROVED Surveyor SRV-1 webcam rover

The immensely popular Surveyor SRV-1 has just received some major upgrades!  The tracked base remains unchanged, but the electronics have gotten a complete overhaul.  Wi-Fi has replaced the slow and sometimes unreliable ZigBee wireless link, the camera can now grab video at a maximum resolution of 1280 x 1024, an Analog Devices Blackfin processor has replaced the comparatively puny ARM7 processor, and they've even added laser pointers for distance sensing.


The SRV-1 now benefits from the extended range and faster data rates of Wi-Fi.  All you need is an 802.11 b/g wireless LAN card and you're ready to start spying on the neighbors.


Speaking of spying on your neighbors, this 1.3 Megapixel camera is roughly on par with most cell phone cameras, with a maximum resolution of 1280 x 1024.  Unlike your cell phone camera, this one’s going to be riding on tank treads.

Main Processor:

Here it is, fully assembled.  The red board on top carries the 1000MIPS 500MHz Analog Devices Blackfin BF537 processor.  [Editor’s note: When I was 17, I built my first computer around the 500MHz Pentium, which was the top of the line at the time.  Now you can get all that power on a circuit board that’s smaller than a playing card.  Crazy, huh?]


Fact: lasers make anything cooler.  The new SRV-1 uses two parallel lasers as a low-cost range-finding system.  Try not to blind your friends/family members/pets.


Purchase the new and improved SRV-1

More information (Manufacturer’s site)

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