The makers of Raspberry Pi - the popular low-cost computer - have announced the development of a new camera module, expected to cost $25. Since the first version of Raspberry Pi was released early last year, more than half a million of the low-cost boards have been sold to eager enthusiasts all over the world. The low cost of the Pi means that it has enormous potential in education, but experienced 'homebrew' computer enthusiasts have also embraced the credit card-sized computer, putting it to use doing everything from running video games to powering a voice-activated coffee machine (yes, really).

The forthcoming $25 camera module for the low-cost Raspberry Pi computer could open up new possibilities for students and homebrew computer enthusiasts alike. 

Details on the forthcoming camera module are vague, but it is expected to offer at least 5MP resolution and the ability to capture HD video, and will almost certainly use this BSI-CMOS sensor from OmniVision. According to a short article on, proposed applications include robotics, home automation and 'aerial applications where potential crashes favor low-cost solutions'. Well quite...

What would you create with a credit card-sized computer and camera module? Let us know in the comments (and keep it clean).