Our favourite mini-PC, the Raspberry Pi has served as the computing centre for some useful do-it-yourself projects and this time with the help of Adafruit PiTFT touchscreen and the Raspberry Pi camera module it serves as a pretty rudimentary but awesome touchscreen equipped Wi-Fi camera. The simple point and shoot camera can not only store the photos on the device but it can also use Wi-Fi to upload the photos to Dropbox, a cloud file storage service. Adafruit Learning System member Phillip Burgess has put up a step-by-step instruction guide on how you can make one yourself by using any one of the two models of Raspberry Pi. You will also need the PiTFT Kit which is touch enabled TFT display custom made for Raspberry Pi. Since the Raspberry Pi does not have on-board power source you have to invest for a USB battery pack as well.
Once complete, the camera uses the on-board software to help you adjust image resolution and ISO settings. Like all cell phone cameras it also lets you add effects to the photographs as well. The Adafruit Learning blog states that this DIY camera won’t act as a replacement for your digital camera but since the code for the device is open source developers will be able to customise the camera and add more functionality.
So before you dive in to the source link for details, have a look at the demonstration of the camera below.
Source: Raspberry Pi Blog & Adafruit Learning System
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