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Python library for the Grove - Thermal Imaging Camera(MLX90640) is an thermal sensor.

Project description

seeed MLX90640

The MLX90640 is a fully calibrated 32x24 pixels IR array in an industry standard 4-lead TO39 package with digital interface The MLX90640 contains 768 FIR pixels. An ambient sensor is integrated to measure the ambient temperature of the chip and supply sensor to measure the VDD. The outputs of all sensors IR, Ta and VDD are stored in internal RAM and are accessible through I2C.

Dependencies

This driver depends on:

This is easy to install with the following command.


curl -sL https://github.com/Seeed-Studio/grove.py/raw/master/install.sh | sudo bash -s -

Installing from PyPI

On supported GNU/Linux systems like the Raspberry Pi, you can install the driver locally from PyPI. To install for current user:


pip3 install seeed-python-mlx90640

To install system-wide (this may be required in some cases):


sudo pip3 install seeed-python-mlx90640

if you want to update the driver locally from PyPI. you can use:

pip3 install --upgrade seeed-python-mlx90640

Usage Notes

First, Check the corresponding i2c number of the board:


(.env) pi@raspberrypi:~ $ ls /dev/i2c*
/dev/i2c-1

Check if the i2c device works properly, 0x33 is the MLX90640 i2c address.


pi@raspberrypi:~/Seeed_Python_SGP30 $ i2cdetect -y -r 1
     0  1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  a  b  c  d  e  f
00:          -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
10: -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
20: -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
30: -- -- -- 33 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
40: -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
50: -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
60: -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
70: -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --

initialize the sersor object:

Initialize the sersor object and config the sersor refresh rate.

import seeed_mlx90640
mlx = seeed_mlx90640.grove_mxl90640()
mlx.refresh_rate = seeed_mlx90640.RefreshRate.REFRESH_8_HZ  # The fastest for raspberry 4 
# 0x00 0.5HZ
# 0x01 1HZ
# 0x02 2HZ
# 0x03 4HZ
# 0x04 8HZ(recommend for raspberry)
# 0x05 16HZ
# 0x06 32HZ
# 0x07 64HZ

Reading from the Sensor

To read from the sensor:

     try:
          mlx.getFrame(frame)
     except ValueError:
          continue

maybe you can add content that below to the config.txt to get the fastest rate recommended for compatibility

dtparam=i2c_arm=on,i2c_arm_baudrate=400000

This will give you a framerate of - at most - 8FPS.

Contributing

If you have any good suggestions or comments, you can send issues or PR us.

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