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Two researchers in the field of photography from Stanford University recently found the first camera that use open source platform. With it, camera owners can program the camera as they please.

Andrew Adams and Marc Levoy, student and professor in computer science at Stanford created the first camera that can be programmed to allow a camera no longer limited by the software vendor.

The camera was named Frankencamera, adopt the Linux operating system so that the programmer can create algorithms to process images differently, or even better than those made by Canon or Nikon cameras, for example.

"The purpose of this project is to build a camera platform open source," said March Levoy, quoted from the Stanford University website.

The camera itself is an open source module consists of the Nokia N95 camera phone, electronic circuit board (circuit board), a pair of lenses from Canon. Nicknamed Frankencamera, because the camera design which still looks bad, because it still uses the unused camera body.

Virtually, all the features of the camera, good focus, exposure, lens speed, the flash, everything is controlled by software that can be programmed by the camera owner. Not only that, open source platform also allows users of this dSLR camera to a complete customization options.

Frankencamera can perform dynamic tuning technique high range (HDR) or a technique that combines the image of an object from the condition of the brightest light, down to the darkest. At the same time, they also make a video camera can capture high resolution video recording.

With a particular algorithm, the camera is only have the video recording ability with 30 frames per second (fps) speed, will be combined with the camera shots result periodically, into the video recording frame.

Like a computer, this camera can also be connected to the Internet. Andrew aspires to, future programs specifically designed to be accessed ii camera and used by many people, like people accessing applications on the iPhone App Store.

Andrew Adams and Marc Levoy hoped they could introduce this platform with minimum cost to all people, at an affordable price. Levoy expect investor that can produce in large numbers, with prices less than Ut.S. $ 1000.

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