Designer Chet Rosales has come up with a great concept to deal with Apple’s annoying insistence on not putting a cam on the iPad. If you can’t build the cam into the iPad, why not build a cam into a case for the iPad?
The design concept from Rosales works in éither landscape or portrait mode and thanks to a handy little swivel would be able to serve as either a front facing or standard camera for the first generation iPad.
Read more about his idea after the jump…
Here is what Rosales has to say about his design…
Although still a concept, the Cam-Case is a solution to those of you who were disappointed by the lack of a camera in Apple’s iPad.
Not only does the iPad Cam-Case fully protect the iPad, but it also sports a webcam that rotates for taking photos and participating in video calls via Skype App. The camera is located in the corner which works well for landscape or portrait viewing and the rubber-plastic case provides a better grip when handling the device. The bottom half of the durable case slides into place and connects with the dock connector. A built-in port is built-in on the bottom of the case for docking and charging purposes.
I like the looks of this case/cam mashup very very much, but it would still have a couple technical snags to work out. For one thing, the cam would need to connect to the lower connection port so there would need to be a cable running from the bottom of the iPad up to the cam which isnt taken into account in the design. Unless of course you connected the cam via bluetooth, which would require the iPad’s bluetooth to be hacked and a new profile added, most likely. Also, a power source for the camera is not taken into account, through I imagine you could fit a couple AAs in there somewhere.
Lastly, some software for taking pictures and video chatting with the iPad would need to be hacked up. This is clearly going to require a jailbroken device, and someone who knows what they are doing as far as adapting iPhone cam apps or creating new ones just for the iPad.
Still…I love the design, and this could very easily show a way forward if you REALLY want a cam on your iPad, or if Apple ever decides to add a camera module to the current model (for an additional charge, of course).’This would be one way that Apple could let iPad users benefit from FaceTime in iOS 4 without pissing off users by making them buy a whole new iPad for the privilege.
Check out all kinds of visionary designs at Chet Rosales website.