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Arduino makes the Portenta Vision Shield LoRa available

It’s an add-on Shield to expand the functionality of the Arduino Portenta H7. It’s aimed at edge ML (machine learning) applications.

In terms of supporting machine vision, the Portenta Vision Shield comes with an ultra-low-power Himax camera (for QVGA – a 324×324 pixel camera sensor). The module autonomously detects motion while the H7 is in stand-by mode, which means only waking up the microcontroller when needed.

For recognising audio events, the shield has two ultra-compact, omnidirectional MP34DT06JTR microphones, says Arduino. These support the use of voice recognition as well as more general audio-event detection.

Note that both video and audio data can be stored on an SD card, and transmitted through Ethernet or LoRa modules (with the option of WiFi or BLE on the Portenta H7 module).

There’s a JTAG connector to perform low-level debugging of your Portenta board using an external programmer.

It’s priced at €55 before tax. The Portenta H7 is priced at €89.90.

Specification

You can see its schematic online, and its specification is:

Camera Himax HM-01B0 camera module (manufacturer site)
Resolution 320 x 320 active pixel resolution with support for QVGA
Image sensor High sensitivity 3.6μ BrightSense™ pixel technology
Microphone 2 x MP34DT05 (datasheet)
Connectivity 868/915MHz ABZ-093 LoRa® Module with ARM Cortex-M0+ (datasheet)
Length 66 mm
Width 25 mm
Weight 8 gr

It was officially launched at The Things Conference 2021, in January.

See also: Farnell adds Portenta H7

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