Wishlist/Camera

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Hardware wishes warning! This article or section documents a Hardware Wish List item, the features described here may or may not be implemented in future devices.

Use cases that can be satisfied with a VGA fixed-focus or macro camera.

  • I want to take pictures of items in shops, along with their price labels. This allows easy comparison shopping without writing down all of the details.
  • I want to take pictures of any accidents I may be involved in, to ease insurance claims. (accelerometer or GPS logs may be of use too)
  • Reading barcodes, or 2D barcodes. For example to enable automatic ordering as you use barcoded products.
  • Scanning Barcodes.
  • Scanning 2D barcodes.
  • Noting positions of hardware when dissasembling.
  • Seeing over tall fences.
  • Seeing into confined access spaces - in some cases an LED flash would be required.
  • Adding thumbnail pictures to contact lists.
  • Taking pictures with the GPS position logged, with Openstreetmap to help with mapping.
  • Gesture interfaces.
  • Capturing buisness card images for OCR.
  • General OCR (higher res is better).
  • Taking pictures of drunk people

Use cases that require more.

  • Printable photos.
  • Zoom to distant objects.
  • Low light photography.
  • Astrophotography.
  • Quality web-page photos.


  • Principal 5MPixels camera and secondary camera for video-conference.


Contents

Camera interface

The current Neo1973 processor does not have a camera interface. A chip with the MIPI Camera Serial Interface (CSI-2) might be used as a future proof solution. The standard is available to companies who have joined the alliance.

A chip that complies to the open Standard Mobile Imaging Architecture (SMIA) Compact Camera Port (CCP2) serial interface may be (more) desirable. The Micron MT9D012 is a 2 Megapixel chip and one of many that complies to these standards.

There are 3.1, 5 and 8 Mega Pixel chips available as well but I don't know if they comply to the above standards. Either way a 2 Mega pixel chip would be basic by the time it was ever implemented into a newer model.

Liquid Lens camera

  • A Liquid Lens camera for small, low power, electronically controlled autofocus.
    Also available as part of an SMIA compatible camera module!


Telescope

Tripod

A tripod socket would make a camera more usable.

Personal tools
Hardware wishes warning! This article or section documents a Hardware Wish List item, the features described here may or may not be implemented in future devices.

Use cases that can be satisfied with a VGA fixed-focus or macro camera.

  • I want to take pictures of items in shops, along with their price labels. This allows easy comparison shopping without writing down all of the details.
  • I want to take pictures of any accidents I may be involved in, to ease insurance claims. (accelerometer or GPS logs may be of use too)
  • Reading barcodes, or 2D barcodes. For example to enable automatic ordering as you use barcoded products.
  • Scanning Barcodes.
  • Scanning 2D barcodes.
  • Noting positions of hardware when dissasembling.
  • Seeing over tall fences.
  • Seeing into confined access spaces - in some cases an LED flash would be required.
  • Adding thumbnail pictures to contact lists.
  • Taking pictures with the GPS position logged, with Openstreetmap to help with mapping.
  • Gesture interfaces.
  • Capturing buisness card images for OCR.
  • General OCR (higher res is better).
  • Taking pictures of drunk people

Use cases that require more.

  • Printable photos.
  • Zoom to distant objects.
  • Low light photography.
  • Astrophotography.
  • Quality web-page photos.


  • Principal 5MPixels camera and secondary camera for video-conference.


Camera interface

The current Neo1973 processor does not have a camera interface. A chip with the MIPI Camera Serial Interface (CSI-2) might be used as a future proof solution. The standard is available to companies who have joined the alliance.

A chip that complies to the open Standard Mobile Imaging Architecture (SMIA) Compact Camera Port (CCP2) serial interface may be (more) desirable. The Micron MT9D012 is a 2 Megapixel chip and one of many that complies to these standards.

There are 3.1, 5 and 8 Mega Pixel chips available as well but I don't know if they comply to the above standards. Either way a 2 Mega pixel chip would be basic by the time it was ever implemented into a newer model.

Liquid Lens camera

  • A Liquid Lens camera for small, low power, electronically controlled autofocus.
    Also available as part of an SMIA compatible camera module!


Telescope

Tripod

A tripod socket would make a camera more usable.