ESP-EYE is an AI development board from Espressif Systems.

At the core of the board is the ESP32 dual core Tensilica LX6 processor, 8 MB PSRAM and a 4MB flash. The ESP EYE integrates a digital microphone as well as provides an external 2-million-pixel camera making it capable of AI features such as face detection, face recognition, speech recognition, and voice wake-up which are all supported out of the box. The board can also support image transmission over Wi-Fi and debugging using the Micro USB port, which enables user’s development of advanced AI solutions.

The software stack that will power the ESP-EYE is their own ESP-WHO framework. The voice wake-up command for the ESP EYE is “Hi Lexin,” and the board will successfully wake itself up by switching on the Red LED while the white LED goes off.

Below are some of the specifications of the ESP-EYE development board:

  • WiSoC- ESP32 dual core Tensilica LX6 processor with WiFi and Bluetooth
  • Memory – 8MB PSRAM
  • Storage – 4MB flash
  • Camera – 2MP OV2640 camera
  • Audio – Microphone
  • USB – 1x micro USB port for power and programming
  • Misc – Reset, boot and function buttons, 2x LEDs
  • Dimensions – 41 x 21 mm

The illustration below shows working procedure of the ESP-EYE:

ESP-EYE supports firmware downloading with a PC loaded with Linux, MacOs or Windows operating systems. For now, users must set up toolchain in the development environment before starting the software development.

More information is available on the getting started page on Github, which is super straightforward on how to get it running.