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.
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.