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Raspberry Pi camera adds Sprite logo to its photos

Aug 1, 2013 — by Eric Brown 2,618 views

Robofun Create has constructed a camera based on the latest Raspberry Pi SBC — but it’s no ordinary digital camera. The “Sprite Raspberry Pi Camera” was created in response to a Sprite marketing campaign challenging hackers to build a camera that automatically inserts the Sprite logo watermark on every photo it takes.

The Robofun team’s goals were for the device to be simple to use, with its power provided by a rechargeable battery and its photos stored on a removable USB stick. The resulting camera has a relatively simple design, and appears to have been packaged within a 3D-printed camera body.

Sprite Raspberry Pi Camera, outside and inside
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According to the camera’s web page, the team used OpenCV for adding the watermark prior to the photos being saved to the externally-accessible USB stick. The page lists several of the Python scripts that manage the watermarking process. The photos below tell the story of what was used from the hardware perspective, and how it was put together.


Components used, and where they ended up
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Apparently, the camera was a success. “The over-branded camera even got the attention of a Romanian urban photographer, who organized together with Sprite, the Sprite-ography exhibition.,” writes the team on its post. “It’s the first exhibition that has all its pictures taken with the Sprite Raspberry Pi camera.”

For more details, including photos from the Sprite-ography exhibition, visit the Sprite Raspberry Pi Camera page on Robofun Create’s website, here.

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One response to “Raspberry Pi camera adds Sprite logo to its photos”

  1. sprotch says:

    OpenCV seems a bit overkill for just watermarking a picture… I would use ImageMagick with one single command
    Orherwise really nice project.

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