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Raspberry Pi: Essential add-ons for modders and everyday users

Camera

Link the Pi to a camera and you can make anything from autonomous vehicles to wearable computers that observe the world around them.

An official camera module is expected to launch within the next couple of months, so keep an eye on the Raspberry Pi Foundation website for availability.

The finished camera is expected to be around five megapixels, capable of capturing stills and video and cost about $20 - $25.

The module should be able to capture 1080p video at 30 frames per second, as it will use the GPU for encoding. Users should be able to exert fine control over a wide range of image settings, including ISO and white balance, via software.

The tiny size of the module - a prototype of which is seen here - makes it ideal for some of the robotics and home automation applications people are working on.

While you wait for its release you might want to check out this list of USB webcams that work with the Pi, although their video will likely have a lower frame rate and be of a lower resolution than that captured by the module.

Photo: Raspberry Pi Foundation

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Nick Heath is chief reporter for TechRepublic UK. He writes about the technology that IT-decision makers need to know about, and the latest happenings in the European tech scene.

7 comments
steamIngenious
steamIngenious

I have 2 rPis, they rock for the maker/tinkerer in all of us. Also a great tool for teaching your 10 yr old niece to program!

bblake12
bblake12

All the Premier Farnell family of companies should have stock on the board now. There is more than 1 in the US.

Thomas.Dahl
Thomas.Dahl

If you want to make your Raspberry PI waterproof we can Parylene coat it for you. Thomas.dahl@web.de

treibs
treibs

In answer to the comment that the article seems to stop rather abruptly: Click on the thumbnails below the first page. That seems to be the continuation of the main article. Now, if I could just get my hands on a Raspberry Pi. Mine is backordered.

BenTremblay
BenTremblay

This is great but ... does seem to stop suddenly. --@bentrem

Realvdude
Realvdude

Try a access point device that you can program for your wireless from a browser and then just plug it into the ethernet port and set the address.