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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 or Upload to Google earth.
- Gesture interfaces.
- Capturing business card images for OCR.
- General OCR (higher res is better).
- Taking pictures of drunk people, a system that allows near-instantaneous grab phone, take picture interaction
Use cases that require more.
- Printable photos.
- Optical Zoom to distant objects.
- Low light photography.
- Quality web-page photos.
- HDR Photography
- Principal 5MPixels camera and secondary camera for video-conference.
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!
- A removable telescope or telephoto lens.
A tripod socket would make a camera more usable.