by Luxonis

An embedded platform for combining Depth and AI, built around Myriad X

View all updates Jul 07, 2020

Pure Embedded DepthAI Under Development

by Brandon G

Hi DepthAI Backers and Fans,

So, we’ve proof-of-concepted an SPI-only interface for DepthAI and it’s working well (proof of concept done with MSP430 and Raspberry Pi over SPI).

To make it easier for engineers to leverage this power (and also for us internally to develop it), we’re making a complete hardware and software/AI reference design for the ESP32, with the primary interface between DepthAI and the ESP32 being SPI.

The design will still have USB3C for DepthAI, which will allow you to see live high-bandwidth results/etc. on a computer while integrating/debugging communication to your ESP32 code (both running in parallel, which will be nice for debugging). Similarly, the ESP32 will have an onboard UART-USB converter and micro-USB connector for programming/interfacing w/ the ESP32 for easy development/debug.

For details and progress on the hardware effort see this Github issue and to check out the SPI support enhancement on DepthAI API‚Äč.

In short here’s the concept:

And here’s a first cut at the placement:

And please let us know if you have any thoughts/comments/questions on this design!

Brandon & The Luxonis Team

About the Author

Brandon G

 Westminster, CO

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Product Choices


DepthAI: RPi Compute Module Edition

Complete DepthAI system including Raspberry Pi Compute Module, microSD card pre-loaded with Raspbian and DepthAI Python interface. Boots up running object localization demo. Just connect to power and an HDMI display.


DepthAI: USB3 Onboard Camera Edition

This DepthAI variant interfaces over USB3C to the host, allowing use with your (embedded) host platform of choice, including the Raspberry Pi and other popular embedded hosts.


DepthAI: USB3 FFC Edition

DepthAI for the host of your choice. Runs on anything that runs OpenVINO (a lot of things), including Mac OS X, Linux (Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 18.04, CentOS, Yocto), and Windows 10.


DepthAI: System on Module

Allows you to integrate the power of DepthAI into your own products. Supports 3 cameras total; dual 720p, 120 Hz Global Shutter and one 4K, 60 Hz Color connected through a 100-pin board-to-board connector. All power conditioning/sequencing, clock synthesis for the Myriad and the cameras, and boot sequencing is included in the module. Just provide 5 V power and physical connections to cameras.


4K, 60 Hz Video Modular Color Camera


720p, 120 Hz Global Shutter Modular Stereo Camera Pair



Brandon quit his job at Ubiquiti leading the UniFi team in order to focus on embedded machine learning and computer vision. He misses the UniFi team. But he just had to try this, as he thinks it's the future!

Brandon Gilles



Prototype Fabrication



Manufacturing Partner

Sunny Opotech


Sourcing: Camera modules

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