The Raspberry Pi never ceases to surprise us. After all the noise about Model A of the Pi coming out this month, the Raspberry Foundation has revealed in an official post that a camera board is in the pipeline. Of what is also known at the moment, the camera module will be priced at $25 (Rs 1,300 approx.)
The post is loaded with images of the camera board. While the image quality is currently “pretty good,” the board will not be released until the quality is impeccable. “This is the final hardware; we’ve been working on tuning (Gert tells me that picture quality is “pretty good” at the moment, but we’re hoping to get it to “bleedin’ marvellous” before we release the hardware), and there is some work to do on the drivers, but everything’s looking pretty peachy for the moment,” the post reads.
While avoiding specifics, the post reveals that the board would be available for sale in the coming months.
Camera module on the Raspberry Pi
In December last year, folks at Raspberry Pi officially launched the Pi Store. The store enables developers of all ages to share their games, application, tools and tutorials with the rest of the community. The Pi store runs as an X application under Raspbian, using which users can download content and upload their own for moderation and release. Currently, the store houses 23 free titles across categories like utilities (LibreOffice, for eg), classic games, and the Raspberry Pi-exclusive Iridium Rising.
At the outset, folks at Raspberry Pi will be urging winners of their Summer Programming Contest to upload their entries to the store. The store is open to entries for moderation and release from anyone.
element 14/Premier Farnell recently announced that it has made and sold over half a million Raspberry Pis thus far. However, it also stated that it was only one of two official distributors, and it does not have the latest updated figures from RS Components.
Raspberry Pi's site also features some interesting trivia from element 14. It says that all of the Pis would weigh as much as 169,173 Nokia 3310s or 200,893 iPhone 5s. Another interesting bit says that if one were to stack each Pi end to end, then it would be higher than Felix Baumgartner's world record skydive of 128,000 ft. This way, they would also be taller than 111 Empire State Buildings. What's more, it says all Raspberry Pi owners could have spent the $17.5 million they spent on over 4,375,000 chocolate bars.
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