ToF smart camera maker wins Rock SBC engineering challenge

ToF smart camera maker wins Rock SBC engineering challenge

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By Nick Flaherty

A maker of smart cameras using time of flight (ToF) sensors has won the $50,000 Rock engineering challenge.

The challenge invited engineers, developers, educators, inventors and entrepreneurs, to submit an idea based on the latest OKdo Rock ARM-based single board computers (SBC) and compute modules. The latest board uses the Rockchip RK3588 SoC and supports 8K video handling and ARM DynamIQ Quad Cortex A76 to open up higher performance applications.

It was won by a team from Constructive Realities in the US developing 3D cameras capable of on-device depth data processing using the GPUs and NPUs. An API allows users to process depth data and enables IoT functionality, while Linux-based SoM/SBCs provide extensibility and community support at an affordable price point.

The contest attracted 160 high-quality entries from around the world, with applications and ideas spanning various verticals such as IoT, Healthcare, Smart Homes, AI, Robotics, EdTech, Renewable Energy, and Smart City initiatives.

As the winning team of the OKdo Rock Engineering Challenge, they will enter into a partnership worth $50,000 with OKdo to scale and develop their idea: receive support in product design, prototyping, business and marketing consultancy, and manufacturing/distribution expertise.

“We’re incredibly excited to win the Rock Engineering Challenge. Looking at the quality of the other teams’ submissions, we’re even more inspired to make our 3D camera systems available to the communities that are driving innovation. Establishing our new partnership with OKdo, Radxa and the RS Group is going to significantly accelerate our product development program and is allowing us to expand the scope and capabilities of our next product release,” said Eric Schleicher, Founder and CEO of Constructive Realities.

Community Vote Winner

In addition to the grand prize, the Wevolver Community Winner was chosen through a public poll of the finalists. The winner will be given the opportunity to pitch his project to the senior management of OKdo and its partners.

The community vote, featuring over 300 votes, has determined the winner to be Marcel Ochsendorf with his project submission focusing on supporting medical facilities.

The project aims to record patients’ status using a thermal imaging camera, tracking breathing status, frequency, body temperature, and movements (fall) without contact. The system will notify medical staff if necessary, while ensuring complete anonymization of patients’ data, as no sensitive data will leave the room. Marcel’s project leverages the Rock SBC’s dedicated GPU for local data processing, ensuring data protection and sufficient resources for later upgrades.

The ROCK platforms, developed with distributor OKdo and Radxa, offer leading capabilities, hardware, and performance in a similar form factor as other popular SBC boards. The ROCK boards are particularly suited for commercial applications that need a powerful and customizable board, including but not limited to robotics, smart home devices, medical devices, automation, IoT, and environmental monitoring.

“The Rock Engineering Challenge has truly demonstrated the immense potential of engineers worldwide in pushing the boundaries of SBC applications. We are thrilled to see the diverse and innovative ideas submitted, showcasing the power of collaboration and creativity within the global engineering community,” said Sander Arts, CMO at OKdo.

“It’s truly inspiring to see the incredible potential and innovative ideas emerging from the engineering community,” said Bram Geenen, Co-Founder and CEO of Wevolver. “The Rock Engineering Challenge has brought together some of the best minds to drive innovation and push the boundaries of what’s possible with single board computers. We are excited to support these pioneers as they continue to create ground-breaking solutions for the future.”;;




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