Getting Started

Thank you

Congratulations on purchasing a Labforge Bottlenose smart camera! As a small, Canadian company we sincerely appreciate your business. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us should you have any questions or need assistance.

Included in the Box

Bottlenose is available in two versions: stereo and monocular.

Inside the box for the stereo version you will find the Labforge Bottlenose stereo camera and a business card with our support and contact information.

If you purchased the monocular version, the box will contain the monocular Labforge Bottlenose camera and a business card with our support and contact information.

Hardware Requirements

To use the camera for the first time, you have to chose an appropriate lens* (not included in the Bottlenose package), and a 12V 2.0A power adapter (not included in the Bottlenose package).

We recommend the XP Power VEL24US120-US-JA as suitable power adapter.

*The monocular version of Bottlenose requires one CS-mount lens and the stereo version requires an identical pair of CS-mount lenses. CS-mounts can accommodate S-mount or M12 and C-mount lenses via an adapter. Please contact us if you need help with lens selection.

If you were shipped a demo kit with a C-mount lens, you will also find a CS->C adapter. Please screw the adapter into the lens holder and then screw the lens into the holder. The lens requires manual focusing and aperture to adjust brightness. You will see that it has two rotating rings for this purpose.

Software Requirements

Depending on what you connect Bottlenose to, you will need:

  • Microsoft Windows 10 or 11


  • Ubuntu Linux 18.04, 20.04, 22.04 on x64


  • Nvidia Jetpack aarch64

Connecting Your Camera

Please plug the Bottlenose Ethernet port into a Gigabit Ethernet network that can serve a DHCP address; as most home or office routers do. Bottlenose also supports LLA for direct Ethernet connections. On Microsoft Windows systems with a default Ethernet configuration, you can plug Bottlenose directly into the Ethernet port. The Host PC and Bottlenose will automatically establish Link-Local Addresses. For optimal performance adjust your minimal transfer unit for Ethernet packets to at least 9000 bytes.

Power up Bottlenose by connecting the power adapter after the Ethernet is connected to the network.

For first-time use, a firmware update is required after unboxing Bottlenose.

Download and Install the SDK

Your camera comes packaged with GigE Vision 2.1, a protocol used by cameras to talk to computers. In order to communicate with the camera, please first install the Pleora eBus SDK.

  1. Download the SDK from our GitHub Release Page called eBUS_SDK_Windows-64-bit.exe.
  2. Install the SDK on your PC.
  3. From the available SDK options make sure Install GigE Vision Driver is checked.

Install the latest firmware

You can update the firmware on Bottlenose using the following page: Bottlenose File Utility