The Raspberry Pi foundation announced in February that they were launching a new camera module for the mini computer, and they have just released more tantalising details about this exciting feature. Expected to go on general sale from April onwards, the UK charity are giving away 10 of these pre-production camera modules to developers and technologically adventurous creative types willing to really put them to the test to see how well they perform.

What is the Raspberry Pi?

The Raspberry Pi, an insanely affordable credit-card-sized single-board computer, was developed by a UK academic with the goal of teaching school children the basics of computer science, programming and coding. It may be tiny but it can hold its own against a desktop PC or laptop and can easily be used for developing or playing games and for word or number processing. It runs on Linux, plays HD video, and much fun has been had by many who have used it for some amazingly creative projects such as building their own home automation system, a weather station, a beer can keyboard and a voice controlled robot. Like you do.

You can find out more about this nifty little computer from Element14

Get Creative (With The Eye In The Pi)

Raspberry Pi Foundation’s Community Manager Liz Upton urged those who apply to

Get the camera doing something imaginative. Think about playing around with facial recognition; or hooking two of them up together and modging 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 want the people we send these boards to to do something computationally difficult and imaginative with them, so that the cameras are pushed hard in the sort of bonkers scheme that we’ve seen so many of you come up with here before with your Pis, and so that we can learn how they perform (and make adjustments if necessary). The community here always seems to come up with applications for the stuff we do that we wouldn’t have thought of in a million years; we thought we should take advantage of that.

You can get more info from the Raspberry Pi Foundation. The contest is only open until next Tuesday (March 12th) so send your creative ideas to: [email protected]