After months of teases, anticipation for Raspberry Pi’s $25 camera add-on is reaching a fever pitch. This week, the foundation has issued a challenge to hackers and photographers, offering them a chance to get their hands on 10 pre-production models of the camera.
Raspberry Pi says they want some projects that will serve as punishing real-world testing that will push the camera to its limits. And in addition to stress testing the camera capabilities, the foundation wants to see what imaginative ideas the community has in mind.
“We want you to try to get the camera doing something imaginative,” Community Manager Liz Upton wrote in the blog post announcement. “Think about playing around with facial recognition; or hooking two of them up together and mod[d]ing the images together to create some 3d output; or getting the camera to recognise when something enters the frame that shouldn’t be there and doing something to the image as a result. We are not looking for entries from people who just want to take pictures, however pretty they are.”
According to Ars Technica, the camera board will use a five-megapixel CMOS image sensor from OmniVision. If this is true, the camera will be able to take 2592 by 1944 resolution still images and video up to 1080p.
To get into the competition, all you have to do is apply with an email describing your idea for the camera. The competition is open worldwide until March 12. Good luck.