Fans of the £22 Raspberry Pi computer will soon be able to treat themselves to a fancy new add-on, as the first camera module for the credit card-sized device is set to go on sale.
The Raspberry Pi camera module, which is likely to cost around £16, will come with a 5MP sensor, and will be capable of recording 1080p video.
The first models were shown off at Elecontrica 2012 in Germany, by RS, one of the Raspberry Pi resellers RS Components.
Currently, the camera board is in prototype stage, but production models are expected in the near future.
“We’ve a (very) little way to go before we’re able to send it out to manufacture,” Liz Upton, executive director of the Raspberry Pi Foundation, wrote on the organisation's blog.
“We’ve got some testing chamber time booked in December; we need to be sure that that big ribbon cable doesn’t emit any forbidden electromagnetic radiation.”
The camera board will plug in to the Pi's CSI pins, which are otherwise unused. The Foundation is also looking to build a display board, which it expects to release some time after the camera becomes available.
The Raspberry Pi has captured the imagination of computer enthusiasts everywhere, but its real aim is to encourage schoolchildren to get stuck into programming, and explore the world of possibilities via the bargain-priced device.
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