September 22nd, 2008


Manna Chapter 3 just happened!

San Luis Obispo, California, September 22, 2008 - Surveyor Corporation, a leading developer of small vision-enabled wireless robots and robot controllers for research and education, today introduced a first in the industry by offering a $550 stereo vision system, designated Surveyor SVS™, for robotics, embedded image processing and web-based remote monitoring. With onboard programmability, WiFi connectivity, easy interface to sensors and actuators, open source architecture and a low price, the SVS represents a breakthrough in 3D stereo vision technology cost and usability for researchers, educators and developers.

The Surveyor SVS can function as a wireless mobile stereo network camera for Internet video delivery or as an autonomous robotic controller, harnessing considerable onboard vision processing horsepower. The system is comprised of two high-performance Analog Devices Blackfin BF537 32-bit processors (1000MIPS each), two Omnivision OV9655 1.3 megapixel cameras with 90-degree FOV lenses, PWM motor control, servo, GPIO, SPI and I2C interfaces, 3.3V and 5V regulation for battery-based operation, and a Lantronix Matchport 802.11bg WiFi radio, all fitting within in a compact 2.5"x6"x2" volume and consuming less than 2 watts. The design is published as open source under the GPL license, with schematics and software available for download from

A variety of software interfaces to the Surveyor SVS are provided in Windows, Mac OS/X and Linux. Source code is provided for Java and Python based consoles, and software support for the Surveyor SVS is found in Microsoft Robotics Studio and RoboRealm vision software. Full specifications for the Surveyor SVS and links to third party software are found at