Adafruit recently announced that anyone who is interested in building their own camera can merge its $35 touch-screen with the Raspberry Pi hardware to create their very own touch-screen camera with Wi-Fi capability.
While the DIY camera won’t have the capabilities of a new point-and-shoot camera, it is customizable and gives the user the ability to design it with specific capabilities in-mind. The camera is based on Open Source and can also sync directly with Dropbox to automatically download images to the user’s computer.
The basic digital camera is only the beginning of the device’s capabilities. The Pi NoIR camera can replace the factory camera board and the camera features can be customized to the user’s preference to include things like self-timing and motion detection. These features can enable the camera to be used as a custom home security unit.
Not exactly a Canon camera, but a fun project non the less. (via Adafruit)
Users have the freedom to choose between Raspberry Pi Model A or B (although Model B is said to be easier to set up). The user can also choose between the regular Raspberry Pi Camera Board or the infrared version (which works best for security cameras or nighttime photography). This is the beginning of the customization process.
From here, users can add a WiFi adapter, USB battery pack, an SD or MicroSD memory card and a personalized casing. If the user does not want to rubber band the camera together, they can use a soldering iron and solder the device together. Users can also use special plastic casing if they so choose.
Model B of the Raspberry Pi computer sells for $35, making the total cost of the DIY cloud-connected point-and-shoot camera start at $70.
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