What webcams/motion sensing cameras are available for OMAP4 platforms?
As the Ubuntu 11.04 Natty has been successfully installed in the pandaboard, the next step of development work is to plug in webcams and motion sensing cameras (kinect and xtion). About installing necessary software such as openCV and openNI a new post will be dedicated to that. This post, mostly, desperately, is about seeking available supports to install motion sensing camera – especially the ASUS Xtion camera in OMAP4 pandaboard, which currently does not have many documents related to camera use in OMAP4 pandaboard.
In pandaboard’s website a compatible webcam Logitech webcam Pro 9000 is listed as one of accessories recommended for purchases. However this webcam is exclusively used in Android systems in pandaboard, in other words, there is no source found about Ubuntu based cameras.
Why cameras are not universally compatible?
My guess, to the incompatibility of cameras in pandaboard may be caused by the CPU – OMAP and normal Intel CPUs may have different structures and command sets. So they need different drivers to make cameras work. The problem is – where, and how.
Can you help?
There are some forum discusses seeking supports to camera drivers in OMAP4 platforms, email@example.com has quite many threads about this, but provides no canonical answers.
So this post is not about solving problems, instead, it calls for supports from anyone who may have useful information or experiences, to find a way to using universal cameras in OMAP4 pandaboard.
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