Note to Meridian about their thermal sensor and Thermal Image Processing Chip SDK

Jonathan, Alan,

Thank you for the fast reply. I did not know that Waveshare is using your chip. I will contact them for SDK and support.

Do you sell your chip directly?
Do you sell your PCBs directly?
I could not find a way to buy your products.  Maybe I missed it.

Can your sensor run “regions of interest” at very high frame rates?  I have an application for small thermal sensor array at 100,000 frames per second and higher. A “frame” might be as small as 3×3 pixels. At USB 2 rates (about 40 MB/second) at 2 bytes per pixel and 100,000 fps that is 20 MPixels/second and 200 pixels/frame. So 10×10 would work at about 200,000 (10×10 frames) per second.

I have been running WaveShare TIP at 1 frame per second (fps) and max fps for many hours, and want to run your sensor chip for days at a time. But need an SDK.  A Raspberry Pi does not have power to do what I need. I am using quad core I7, 32G DDR4, 512G SSD, 8TB 7200 disk for data.

Looking at your I do not see any way to order “Bobcat EVK”

It seems your thermal camera is MIPI? Do you sell it separately?

I think you have errors in your algorithms in your TIP.  I want to record the “noise” not eliminate it.

I am on the Internet at several places: – Internet Foundation and Gravitational Engineering – Solar System Gravimetry
/ – Internet Foundation and Gravitation and other things – Gravitational detectors, Gravitational engineering
GravityNotes.Org – Older notes on using gravitational sensor arrays to monitor global geophysical processes. There are many videos on YouTube but I need to reorganize them. Here is one that will get you to my my channel – – Liang Cheng Tu about Vector Gravity Signal and Its Applications
Richard Collins, The Internet Foundation

Kalp_D at WaveShare,

Do you have an SDK for this board?  I contacted Meridian (Jonathan Zhao and Alan Wong) and they asked me to get support from WaveShare for your WaveShare boards. I am trying to buy their products directly for testing and development. I would like to program their TIP with my own algorithms, or have it transmit the raw data and I will process it on my desktop computer.

Do you have programmers manuals (SDKs) for the thermal cameras? I will buy more from you and them, if I can verify exactly what is happening with the data from raw sensor until it is stored.  I am looking at this for geophysical and atmospheric array sensing and to verify if they can be used for volcano monitoring and subsurface imaging arrays. At 300,000 fps the time of flight size for gravity or electromagnetics is 1 kilometer.  About 20 years ago I used the global network of superconducting gravimeters to measure the speed of gravity and have been following all the groups designing sensors that can or might be adapted to time of flight geophysical and astrophysical imaging arrays.

These thermal sensors can have many applications — if the development is open and affordable. For the Internet Foundation (the last 25 years) I promote open sharing for the 5 Billion humans using the Internet. And know the impact of open methods for development of new industries – very well. My background is quantum chemistry, electrodynamics, detection of gravitational signals, modeling and measuring the gravitational potential, and in recent years “gravitational engineering” which covers high power applications for microgravity and 3D field applications. But I need to learn more about THz and infrared sensors. That is why I am trying to find low cost sensors that many millions can afford and work with lossless data streams for modeling, machine vision, 3D imaging and 3D time of flight.

I am looking for a thermal sensor about 10×10 pixels that can run at 200,000 frames per second. That should be possible using USB 2 for desktops. But I am starting by trying to read and study the detailed statistical properties of your thermal sensors over days and weeks.

I am on Twitter at

Jonathan, I am sorry to mis-spell your name. I am rather tired.

Richard Collins, The Internet Foundation

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