Frankencamera: Open-source camera that’s new way up in digicams

Customization and usage of open source applications has reached a stance wherefrom we have become so fidgety that those out of the factory gadgets just don’t appeal for too long. How wonderful it is that a camera can be made that we can customize and improve as and how we want, photographers and researchers hope you are all ears and eyes to this – it is a grand gadget you could have in the Frankencamera that engineers in Stanford University are developing.


Marc Levoy and his team of scientist are devising a custom made open source hardware camera system, which runs Linux with general processors and a small LCD screen. Based on a Texas Instruments ’system on a chip’, the camera uses Nokia N95’s imaging chip and has lenses from Canon integrated with actuators to give the camera’s software a slight tweek. Canon already has done some customizable CHDK Firmware for our liking but this Frankencamera could definitely revolutionize the photography process I guess, most would agree to this. Follow the jump for a video demonstration.

levoy adams open source camera
levoy adams open source camera

The basic idea behind getting an open-source facility to our digital camera of tomorrow is to make these cameras real identical to computers, wherein by adding and deleting programs you can change the entire working of the rig. So, get ready to avail it in the cameras, for Frankencamera’s operating system could be released publicly by next year.

Via: ScienceDaily/Technabob

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