Final Thoughts and Giveaway
The Raspberry Pi is no doubt the hottest development board / micro PC on the market today. I personally own five RasPi boards myself. The camera module may have taken a lot longer to arrive than I expected, but I feel that it was worth the wait. The Raspberry Pi Foundation hit the nail on the head with the pricing, and at $25 anyone with a Raspberry Pi can now learn how imaging systems work on the coding level.
This little camera module will revolutionize hobby robotics, as well as maker projects, all over the world. It is simple enough to use for everyone at every coding skill level and I am sure that full featured GUI based apps will begin popping up in the Pi store any day now. There are already custom 3D printable cases to house the Pi and camera on Thingiverse, and one maker has already sent his camera module to the edge of space via a high altitude balloon.
There are a few issues I have with the camera module, though. The cable is painfully too short and whoever decided that a ribbon cable was a good idea, needs to be forced to watch bad reality TV for the rest of their life. I would have much preferred a stranded cable or something a little more flexible. Making the cable 6-inches to 8-inches longer would have been an excellent idea as well. I would have also preferred that the mounting holes be a little larger or at least a single mounting tap placed off to the side of one corner. I do understand that fixing many of these issues would have raised the cost, but let's face it, most of us would pay an extra $5 - $10 for these features.
I am working on several more projects based around the Raspberry Pi, as well as the camera module. If you have a project idea that you would like to see us do, please send me an email (address can be found on my author page). Stay tuned to TweakTown for much more Raspberry Pi goodness!
GIVEAWAY! - I am going to give away one of the cool TweakTown Blue Raspberry Pi cases as pictured above. All you have to do is take your Raspberry Pi and if you have a camera module, take a photo or video and mention TweakTown in it.
Post the video on YouTube / or email me the picture, and then link to it in the comments. I will pick a winner at random and send out the case promptly. The contest will run for 30 days from this posting and I will announce the winner on our Facebook page.