TL;DR:  This is a summary of my progress so far (to be continued) on getting the Raspberry Pi NoIR camera to work for thermography.

 

For this initial setup, I’m following the directions from Raspberry Pi Org:  https://www.raspberrypi.org/help/camera-module-setup/

 

The first step here was to install the camera board itself.  The board ribbon will gone into the Raspberry Pi’s “CSI Port.”

Close-up of the Raspberry Pi's CDI Port

 

There. It’s inserted into the CSI Port.

The Raspberry Pi NoIR Camera Cable connected to the Raspberry Pi's CDI Port

 

And now it’s been gently doubled over to fit within the Raspberry Pi Project Kit Case.

The Raspberry Pi NoIR Camera board and cable fit neatly inside the Raspberry Pi case.

Yes, I’ve left the lens cover on because I am very afraid of damaging it just yet.


Here, on Raspberry Pi .Org, is an answer to my previous query over the NoIR aspect of the kit.  The NoIR is an acryonym for “No Infrared [Filter],” which is to say this camera takes photos in visible light as well as infrared.  This *might* not be the best solution for thermography, but let’s keep going.

 

Referring again to RaspberryPi.org, let’s follow these directions for connecting the camera in software (https://www.raspberrypi.org/documentation/usage/camera/README.md). 

 

Terminal window running Raspi-Config

Here, from Terminal, I am able to access the ‘rasps-config’ command to enable the camera.  [Notice how this screen exists in Terminal, but the GUI "x" does not. Type 'startx' and get an error.]

 

Next, I would like to try taking an image with the camera, just to see how it looks.  RaspberyPi.org has a short list of terminal commands for the camera (https://www.raspberrypi.org/documentation/usage/camera/raspicam/README.md).

 

The command line in Terminal executes, "raspistill -o first.jpg".

 

Here’s the first photo taken with ‘raspistill’!

The first image taken with the Raspberry Pi NoIR camera is a view from below of my desk lamp.  This is a picture of the image displayed on the Raspberry Pi screen.

 

And there we go!  A beautiful angle on my desk lamp.  In full inferior color!

 

That, according to documentation, is a 5MP picture being viewed in the Raspberry Pi’s web browser with extreme zoom, on a 7” screen.  Marvelous.

 

Next steps for this thread:  Take the picture off the Raspberry and into MATLAB!

 

 

Thank you for reading and following.  Any tips, suggestions, or resources are welcome, please comment or message me.

 

Thank you, Adafruit, Mathworks, and element14 for your sponsorship.

 

Previously:

Blog Entry 1:  Hello!  Teacher's Pet Students' Robotics Challenge: Attendance Automator — Blog Entry 1: Hello!

Blog Entry 2:  Design Constraints   Teacher's Pet Students' Robotics Challenge: Attendance Automator — Blog Entry 2: Design Constraints

Blog Entry 3:  Background  Teacher’s Pet Students’ Robotics Challenge:  Attendance Automator — Blog Entry 3:  Background

Blog Entry 4:  Unboxing  Teacher's Pet Students' Robotics Challenge:  Attendance Automator—Blog Entry 4:  Unboxing!

Blog Entry 5:  Design Concept  Teacher's Pet Students' Robotics Challenge:  Attendance Automator—Blog Entry 5:  Design Concept

Blog Entry 6:  Startup  Teacher's Pet Students' Robotics Challenge:  Attendance Automator—Blog Entry 6:  Startup

 

Tags:  “teachers_pet” “attendance_automator” “raspbery_pi” “adafruit” "mathworks" "MATLAB" "NoIR"