The ProtoCam is a prototyping board that plugs into the Pi’s GPIO pins and has a mounting space for the camera module.
There are loads of different applications for this board – simply put, anything you want to do with your camera module from adding a flash (lots of ultra-bright blinkies!) to adding a countdown timer to… well, anything you can come up with, basically.
Richard has put together a fantastic Kickstarter page, with lots of detail, and his promotional video (below) is also excellent.
The board costs £8 (rising to £9 post-Earlybird) and comes with all the fixings you need, including a GPIO header and a shorter camera ribbon cable. It’s great value. I’ve already pledged, and I recommend you do too if you’ve got, or are thinking of getting, a camera module.