When the RaspberryPi was first released, whilst undoubtedly an excellent piece of kit for £25, this writer was stuck considering its potential applications beyond education, embedded graphics and media playback, favouring alternatives such as the BeagleBone for a system with easier to tap floating-point performance (Cortex-A8 vs ARM11) and an open design, supporting shield add-on modules.
However, the RaspberryPi Foundation has been hard at work and is looking to release a camera add-on module later this year, opening up some interesting opportunities for the board in the realms of automation and visual data acquisition. By using the Broadcom BCM2835, a chip design initially for use in devices such as camcorders, the RaspberryPi has had a high-speed CSI camera interface present, backed by powerful image processing capabilities, from day one.
The team has been teasing a 14-megapixel prototype, though states that the end product may be of a lower grade in order to keep costs down. Either way, there will now be one more reason to buy the RaspberryPi later on this year.