Frankencamera and OSCar

Some time ago – I looked it up, and to my astonishment learned that the article already was published in September 2009! – I stumbled upon the “Frankencamera”. It is not related to Frankenstein,  house of Frankenstein (Ger., Eng.), or castle Frankenstein, but to good old Frankenstein (Ger., Eng.), Zombie creator. And Igor.
The tiny thingies we today call cameras are small computers with optics (large modern camera, large not so modern camera). The shutter opens (is there still a mechanic part involved?), light falls on a silicium surface, the shutter closes and a lot of logarithms start to work. Who builds the camera, builds the software and thus defines what the camera allows its operator to do.
That could go with open source software too – hence the Frankencamera, open source, running under Linux (link).
This could be it –  a playground for nerdy technophiles, nothing important. But I do not think so. There is a project developing an open source car, OSCar. This has not a direct connection to the Frankencamera, but it illustrates that other areas of our daily lives are to be touched by these ideas too – for example something important like personal transport.
I always remember this article (German only, sorry) about Neelie KROES (Ger., Eng.), the European Kommissar for the digital agenda. She gave a speech in June 2010, stating that openness is one of the core values and ideas of Europe, and thus interoperability (Ger., Eng.) is a necessary thing. I am not sure what all this means – I am a technical analphabeth – but surely standardization, open standards and stuff will be involved. And I am sure it will have direct consequences for our daily lives in the near future..


8 thoughts on “Frankencamera and OSCar

  1. Me too, dear Wanda – but I do not think that we have to. A lot of people will think, discuss and develop technics and “Anwendungen”, and in some years we will use the results, or not. I think it’s just fascinting to see what actually is possible in technology. And I wonder how all this will be used.
    It’s great to see you drop by, and I hope you are well.

  2. I think I’m going to do what I normally do, sit back in my pink, fluffy dressing gown, drink coffee and see what happens.

    I suffer from a terminal condition called technical dyslexia which means that I can’t understand technological debates (my brain translates everything into Mandarin).

    If you say this will revolutionise things…I believe you.

  3. Congratulations to the Mandarin, dear Roses, at technical discussions I normally fall asleep. All the gimmicks around us – from the camera to who-knows-what – will sooner or later communicate with each other. Partly they already do, and some cars are basically rolling computers. Neelie K. will create the fundaments for this in Europe, and says it’s a good thing to have: If the companies involved will no longer be allowed to sit on their software like little dictators, there’s the possibility of better and cheaper solutions via open-source-software for da peopell – at least in theory.
    BTW would you mind if I dunk a corner of the Pink Fluffy Dressing Gown into the coffee and suck it?

  4. New cars already pretty much have computerized controls in the engine, etc. I had to take my nearly 21 year old car to the shop the other day and they had to keep it overnight because they had trouble finding parts for such an old car.

  5. In Germany you would be entitled to have a special licence plate with a big “H” for “Historisch / Historical” and I think tax would be cheaper, Cie. I think a mechanical car can be repaired by any mechanic, while a heavily computerized car can only be rebooted by the MS-certified specialist …

  6. lx says:

    My view of open source depends upon the context.

    I am all for it for personal tinkering or non-critical applications in the work environment.

    I am very skeptical about it in a professional environment. For example, I would not want to fly in an open source airplane or use it on life support equipment in a hospital or run mission-critical applications for a business.

    I will read about Frankencamera and OSCar. I did read about an open source scooter not long ago.

  7. Whow, it’s a pretty hip website, LX. I wonder how they will sell this Short-Distance-Vehicle.
    I saw in a plant a system with homegrown applications that was still running under DOS 5, for production machines. They saied it would be bulletproof and just working, angemessen; too much trouble to implement it in something else. If it works it works.

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