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Detachable Camera [off-topic]

asked 2014-01-02 20:42:17 +0300

sebastian gravatar image

updated 2014-01-09 21:18:03 +0300

Using the concept of "Other Half", in a future device would be nice to have the camera detachable in a way to get a device without camera (like first phones with cameras e.g. Siemens S55 / Ericsson T68i).

This would be useful for people working in restricted areas where no cameras are allowed (e.g. many companies in product development) to use their phone without camera in business and with camera in private time.

Additionally this will provide the possibility to upgrade or provide several camera modules (webcamera, 3d-camera, optical-zoom-camera, thermographic camera, night-vision, ...).

Don't know the market for this kind of phones, but actually there is nearly no smartphone without camera available. (I use a rare model of Blackberry Bold without camera).

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I wonder what image quality / video quality would be possible to transfer over i2c, if there was a TOH with a nice camera? And could it be done by using the existing camera as only the viewfinder and the TOH camera using its own image sensor (a high quality one)? If possible, it would be a great TOH

simo ( 2014-01-02 21:40:48 +0300 )edit

i2c can't really be used for decent camera modules, it simply doesn't have the throughput. Maybe with an image processor and it's own memory and then slowly transferring the image to the main system, but i'm guessing here. Will get bulky tough. Really wish the sensor was detachable/replaceable.

Oliver ( 2014-01-07 19:01:08 +0300 )edit

As mentioned it is an idea for a future device, then of cause you also have to think about interfaces. Why not think about extending the actual interface (i2c,nfc) with a "broadband" interface (usb, ethernet, ...). Think outside the border :-)

sebastian ( 2014-01-07 19:49:46 +0300 )edit

@sebastian you should add the "nextdevice" tag then to be clear this don't apply to the current version of the hardware.

zeta ( 2014-01-09 00:59:38 +0300 )edit

@ zeta: thanks for this hint, just updated.

sebastian ( 2014-01-09 21:18:53 +0300 )edit

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answered 2014-01-02 22:46:12 +0300

TomTomGalore gravatar image

You can use the Sony-Cam Attachments "DSC-QX10" and "DSC-QX100" conecting via WLAN. And for "hiding" the camera just use a TOH without holes in the back.

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Hiding is a very bad idea. Imagine a security guy knows the phone while you show it during routine checks. The risk of losing your job is not worth taking a camera into forbidden areas (even if it is hidden).

sebastian ( 2014-01-03 00:04:25 +0300 )edit

Then there is always the front facing camera:) Richard

richardski ( 2014-01-22 02:49:16 +0300 )edit

answered 2014-01-22 00:45:31 +0300

yurumi gravatar image

Same problem here. Our department offers to seal the camera. But the stickers are quite sticky so that the lens is VERY difficult to clean (if it happens that you have/want to unseal it). I asked the same question here but I'm too much of a coward to dismantle the phone. You gonna have a try?

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