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I was recently sent a ProtoCam to review from Richard (AKA @AverageManVsPi).

This is currently a kickstarter project which is definitely well worth a look (and a second look!)

Picamera board

The ProtoCam board is a neat solution for creating Raspberry Pi projects using both the GPIO and camera. The PCB is manufactured in the UK to a very high standard and is made with nickel/gold plating.

Once soldered and assembled the board fits neatly onto the Raspberry Pi (model A / B) and the camera is securely attached via small nylon screws and nuts. The camera is connected to the Raspberry Pi by a short and firm belt which fits under the PCB next to the Raspberry Pi.

At the moment my camera is attached to my robot so I am debating if I should either order a new camera or dismantle it from my robot so I can fully test this.

Some possible uses of the board could include:

  • Adding LEDs to build a flash gun on the front of the camera
  • Adding switches to build a simple point and click camera control
  • Adding a segment display for a timer / photo counter

I think that this project has great potential so I would thoroughly recommend backing it

Back the project here

Did I also mention that this great project was selected as the Staff Pick at KickStarter?

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