How to begin building a new project that incorporates the Lepton camera core? As a precursor to Step 1 below, reviewing the data sheets is a good idea. Otherwise, with a little technical foundation, it’s easy. Let’s get started.
Step 1 Register as a Lepton Maker
Join the Lepton Maker community by registering an account. You’ll gain access to the latest updates, resources, be eligible for contests and giveaways.
Step 2 Choose your Lepton model
Step 5 Hook it all up
Now that you’ve chosen your platform, it’s time to hook up the Lepton. We’ve prepared two platform guides complete with detailed photos. Check them out:
Quick start guide: Beaglebone Black platform
Quick Start Guide: Getting Started Programing with Python SDK
Arduino Library for the Lepton
Quick Start Guide: Getting Started with Lepton® on Windows®
Quick Start Guide: Advanced Lepton® Usage on Windows®
Step 6 Downloads
For the next step, writing your first code to communicate with the Lepton, you’ll need to download and include the SDK. It’s available for both 32 and 64 bit architectures. See the IDD document for specifics.
Step 7 Hello Thermal!
A play on the classic first program Hello World, Hello Thermal sample code helps you get started with retrieving your first thermal image from the Lepton.
Images from Lepton are pulled over the SPI protocol. Once your SPI driver is set up on your platform and everything is wired, you’re ready to get thermal imaging!