Saturday September 05, 2009

Open-Source Cameras: Should Nikon and Canon be Worried?

Scientists at Stanford have cobbled together a "Frankencamera," which allows features like focus, shutter speed, & exposure to be controlled by software. The premise of the project is to build an open source camera that removes the limitations imposed by pre-installed software on current cameras.

Graduate student Andrew Adams imagines a future where users could download applications to their digital cameras in a similar way as they currently download programs for the iPhone today. All of this could become possible as early as next year if the camera’s operating system is made publicly available.