Raspberry Pi Gets 5-megapixel Camera Add-on
July 17, 2012

Raspberry Pi Gets 5-megapixel Camera Add-on

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online

Owners of the ultra-low-cost Raspberry Pi will soon be able to add a tiny, 5-megapixel camera module to their computer for only $20 to $25.

Eben Upton, founder of the British-based non-profit Raspberry Pi Foundation, unveiled the latest addition to the product line during the Raspberry Jam event in Cambridge, England, over the weekend.

The new camera will be available within the next few months, and will attach to the Raspberry Pi through a ribbon cable, SlashGear reports.

Upton also revealed that the foundation, which was created to make small, low-priced Linux computers for children, has achieved a four-fold increase in the software performance of the Raspberry Pi since the computer was introduced in April.

The $35 machine includes a 700Mhz ARM11 processor, 1080p video capabilities and a variety of ports. It was designed primarily as a low-cost education tool for schools, although interest in the Raspberry Pi has spread far beyond educational settings.

In fact, the mini-computer has been in such high demand since it became available for pre-order that the foundation had to enact quantity restrictions on orders.

Those restrictions were lifted on Monday when the Raspberry Pi became generally available.

“Up until now, we´ve had to restrict purchases of the Raspberry Pi to one per customer because the demand has been (and continues to be) so high,” the foundation said.

The non-profit organization said it has been working with its manufacturing partners to boost production to 4,000 units per day.

“As of this morning, you´ll be able to buy as many Raspberry Pis as you want from both RS Components and element14/Premier Farnell.”

Additional information about the Raspberry Pi can be found on the foundation´s quick-start guide and forums.