This instructable is going to show you the step by step process to replicate the Thermal Imaging Camera project.When everything is finished you will be able to see an infrared image with a slight contour from the visible spectrum camera on the Monitor. Basicaly we are trying to replicate the functionality and versatility of a commercial thermal imaging camera which costs roughly 1000 euros or more.

Below we will present you the steps to replicate our project and also a few Important tips.

For this instructable you will need :

  • ZedBoard Zynq-7000 ARM/FPGA SoC Development Board with a successfully installed distribution of Linux (Arch, Linaro,Xillinux)/Zybo Zynq7000
  • Flir Lepton Development kit (Breackout board + Lepton Longwave Infrared (LWIR) imager )
  • USB camera or any other camera.
  • One Raspberry Pi 3 b with Raspian installed and OpenCV
  • microSD card of 16 to 32GB(Linux compatible ) you should check on this link: http://elinux.org/RPi_SD_cards
  • USB OTG cable(supplied with the zedboard), Wall plug Powered USB Hub,Keyboard,Mouse,Monitor with VGA input

Step 1: ZedBoard /Zybo Setup

First of all you will have to install the Xillinux distribution for Zedboard/Zybo . A fully documented tutorial is available on Xillybus website http://xillybus.com/xillinux


1.Prepare the SD card

You will have to download the Xillinux Image and the Boot partition kit provided on the website ( http://xillybus.com/xillinux )

Using Win32 Disk Imager or USB Image tool load the microSD card with the image.. The detailed process is explained in the Getting Started guide for Zynq (Zedboard) section 3.6 page19

Link to theGetting Started guide for Zynq (Zedboard)


After the process has been finished you will have on the microSD card 2 partitions one which will contain the boot files of 15Mb and another one that is hidden in windows with the format ext4 ( linux specific) that contains the linux image.

For the momment on the 15MB partition you will find just a uimage file.

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