The open-source digital photography software platform developed at Stanford University and dubbed Frankencamera allows users to create novel camera capabilities. The FCam API is now available as a free download for Maemo-based Nokia N900 mobile computers.
The Frankencamera consists of a base hardware specification, a software stack based on Linux, and an API for C++. The architecture permits control and synchronization of the sensor and image processing pipeline at the microsecond time scale, as well as the ability to incorporate and synchronize external hardware like lenses and flashes.
Next week at the SIGGRAPH conference in Los Angeles, the Frankencamera engineering team from Stanford University will describe the platform and several sample apps created with it.
“We’re going public with Frankencamera,” says Stanford computer science and electrical engineering professor Marc Levoy, who leads the project. “We are releasing code so that people can create new imaging applications on their Nokia N900s.”
For the complete story (and a related news video), see Free Frankencamera Download for Nokia N900.