Raspberry Pi wants to make AI available to everyone by launching an AI kit for $70

Raspberry Pi AI Kit

Raspberry Pi is known for being a series of small computers. single board that initially aimed to promote the teaching of basic computing in schools. Over time, has gained popularity in various fields such as robotics, home automation and industrial automation, thanks to its low cost, modularity, open design and compatibility with standards such as HDMI and USB.

Now with the growing trend of Artificial Intelligence (AI), Raspberry Pi has announced the launch of a complete AI kit. The announcement was made through a blog post and it is mentioned that the kit includes the Raspberry Pi camera software and will allow AI-based applications, such as chatbots, to run natively.

If you've ever wanted to experiment with the world of neural networks, artificial intelligence and machine learning on your Raspberry Pi 5, we have the perfect product for you: the Raspberry Pi AI Kit. Developed in collaboration with Hailo, the AI ​​Kit offers an affordable way to integrate local, high-performance, low-power inference into a wide variety of applications. It's available today from our network of approved Raspberry Pi resellers, priced at just $70.

Unleash the power of AI with the new Raspberry Pi kit

The new AI kit It is designed to be installed on the Raspberry Pi 5, making it a ready tool for AI tasks. Provides support for proprietary and third-party cameras for vision applications, allowing multiple neural networks to be run with single and dual camera feeds. This simplifies the integration of the AI ​​framework with the camera subsystem, overcoming one of the biggest challenges in real-world vision applications. Although it could also be used for non-vision AI applications, the system's main focus is on vision for the moment.

It is mentioned that one of the main challenges tol create AI-based vision applications in real-world environments is the complexity of the software needed to integrate the camera subsystem in the framework of AI. That is why Raspberry Pi has simplified this process as much as possible.

Now the camera suite rpicam-apps has a post-processing model which allows real-time neural network inference to be integrated into the camera pipeline. Thanks to Hailo post-processing libraries pre-installed, it is possible to create advanced applications powered by AI in just a few hundred lines of code in C++ and mentions that similar levels of integration will soon follow in the Picamera2 framework.

Raspberry Pi 5 with Raspberry Pi AI Kit

The Raspberry Pi AI kit includes the M.2 HAT+ pre-assembled with the Hailo-8L AI accelerator module. When installed on a Raspberry Pi 5, the kit allows you to quickly create complex computer vision applications, running in real time, with low latency and reduced power consumption.

Next-generation neural networks for object detection, semantic segmentation, pose estimation, and face tracking (among others) run entirely on the Hailo-8L coprocessor, freeing up the Raspberry Pi 5 processor for other tasks.

Of the main features of the Raspberry Pi AI kit that are mentioned are the following:

  • Inference performance of 13 tera operations per second (TOPS).
  • Single lane PCIe 3.0 connection operating at 8 Gbps.
  • Full integration with the Raspberry Pi imaging software subsystem.
  • Compatibility with own or third-party cameras.
  • Efficient acceleration hardware planning: Allows running multiple neural networks on a single camera or single/multiple neural networks with two cameras simultaneously.

As for installing the software, it is mentioned that it is very simple and just install a few packages via apt, reboot, and you will be ready to try out some AI demos in a few minutes. Detailed instructions are in the introductory guide. 

Finally If you are interested in knowing more about it, you can check the details in the following link

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