ESP-EYE is an upcoming AI development board from Espressif Systems with the hope of getting a grab of the already saturating machine learning ecosystem which is mostly optimized for ARM-based architectures. The ESP-EYE board which initially appeared on CNX Software doesn’t seem to be readily available for purchase.
At the core of the board is the ESP32 dual core Tensilica LX6 processor, 8 MB PSRAM and a 4MB flash. The ESP EYE integrates a digital microphone as well as provides an external 2-million-pixel camera making it capable of AI features such as face detection, face recognition, speech recognition, and voice wake-up which are all supported out of the box. The board can also support image transmission over Wi-Fi and debugging using the Micro USB port, which enables user’s development of advanced AI solutions.
The board shares similar traits with the ESP32-CAM camera board which includes a micro camera, only that it adds a microphone, it’s an “official” Espressif product which will translate to more software support, and it is smaller than the CAM board as well.
The software stack that will power the ESP-EYE is their own ESP-WHO framework. The voice wake-up command for the ESP EYE is “Hi Lexin,” and the board will successfully wake itself up by switching on the Red LED while the white LED goes off.
Below are some of the specifications of the ESP-EYE development board:
- WiSoC- ESP32 dual core Tensilica LX6 processor with WiFi and Bluetooth
- Memory – 8MB PSRAM
- Storage – 4MB flash
- Camera – 2MP OV2640 camera
- Audio – Microphone
- USB – 1x micro USB port for power and programming
- Misc – Reset, boot and function buttons, 2x LEDs
- Dimensions – 41 x 21 mm