A new open source project has started with the aim of producing an open framework for embedded Linux based video camera systems.
Developers in this project will get to play in a very diverse sandbox. The framework itself will be layered on top of the ultra lightweight SIMPL toolkit
The hope is that once this framework gets far enough along we'll go seeking industry support. Who knows maybe at that stage we'll be able to put in place a developer compensation scheme along the lines of the X-prize approach. ie. developers get paid for working, tested code they produce rather than for their potential to produce.
If any of this interests you (or if you know of someone who might be interested) don't hesitate to contact me offlist and I'll give you more details.