PEOPLE ASKED FOR IT, and the Raspberry Pi Foundation is delivering an infrared camera setup for its pocket sized Raspberry Pi computer.
The Raspberry Pi Noir could go on sale for $25, which is the the same price as a regular camera module, according to the foundation's head of communications Liz Upton, and the foundation is very interested in hearing from people that would like to work with one.
So far the Raspberry Pi Noir is in the process of coming together. There are a couple of videos of it in action, and they both show good quality timelapse imagery.
People with an interest in national history are likely to be the first users, and Upton reminds us that London Zoo is using the Raspberry Pi, plus cameras, to preserve rhinocerous habitats.
"Although the [Raspberry] Pi is used as the base of the project and does all the computational tasks required, they started out having to use a more expensive and more power hungry camera than the [Raspberry] Pi camera board, because that IR filter meant that it wasn't useable at night," she said.
"Archeologists wanted to take aerial photographs of fields with an IR camera to better see traces of lost buildings and settlements. Some botanists got in touch too: apparently some health problems in trees can be detected early with an IR camera."
The Raspberry Pi Foundation is being assisted by Sunny, which makes its existing camera hardware. Initially this looked unlikely but the firm was swayed and it has developed an infrared line.
"We convinced [Sunny] that you [Raspberry] Pi users are a pragmatic and sensible lot, and would not try to replace a regular camera board with a [Raspberry] Pi Noir - the [Raspberry] Pi Noir is a piece of equipment for special circumstances," said Upton.
"So Sunny set up an extra line just for us, to produce the [Raspberry] Pi Noir as a special variant. We will be launching real soon now. Modules are on their way and we're aiming for early November, so keep an eye out here for news about release."
RS Components has its hands on an early model, and has shared some images and video through its community blog. µ
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