Archive for the ‘Camera’ Category

Space experiments for everyone: the ArduSat project

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

ArduSat, which stands for “Arduino satellite”, is a recently kickstarted project that aims at developing an open platform usable to emulate space scientists:

Once launched, the ArduSat will be the first open platform allowing the general public to design and run their own space-based applications, games and experiments, steer the onboard cameras to take pictures on-demand, and even broadcast personalized messages back to Earth.

ArduSat will be equipped with several sensors (such as cameras, gyros, accelerometers, GPS and more) packed inside a small cube (the side will be approximately 10 cm long) that can be accessed through a set of Arduinos.

Once in orbit, the ArduSat will be accessible from the ground to flash the required firmware for the experiments and for getting back all the collected information. People interested in performing space experiments will have access to a ground replica of ArduSat explotable to test and debug their code before the actual deployment.

The project is very ambitious, and it is expected that such an open accessible space platform will have a considerable impact on how simple space experiments will be carried out in the forthcoming years, in the case of fundraising success.

You may find the Kickstarter page of the project here.

[Via: Hack A Day and Kickstarter]

MiniCom: an LCD-equipped remote shutter

Monday, June 4th, 2012

Pixel_k needed a simple remote shutter for his digital reflex camera, which had to be usable even in low-light situations, so he decided to build his own controller by exploiting an Arduino Pro Mini and a small LCD. The result is “MiniCom”:

The interface is limited to a single rotary knob you can push to validate your choices. It remains easy and intuitive to use even when it’s minus 20°C and it’s pitch black.
The output is a standard 3.5mm stereo jack, you can use different cables to control different brand of DSLRs.

Source code and a detailed description of the project can be found here.

[Via: Hack A Day and Knackes News]

Cheap Arduino-based Thermal Flashlight

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

Thermal flashlight is a widely used technique to “paint temperature with light”: by using a temperature sensor and a RGB flashlight, it is possible to illuminate a surface with a proper tonality, which, in turn, can be acquired by means of a standard camera. It’s main use is to find thermal leaks in houses and buildings.

In their article, PLOTS‘ staff propose and describe a nice and cheap way to build your own thermal flashlight with Arduino, together with a clear introduction to the subject.

Read more here.

Via: The Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science


TriggerTrap, The Universal Camera Trigger

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

TriggerTrap, is a very interesting product developed by Ziah Fogel & Haje Jan Kamps. Arduino-based & open-source, is now on preorder. What does it do? (Watch Video)

(With TriggerTrap) your camera will be easily controlled in a number of ways either by sound, by breaking a laser beam, time or any other method you can think of using its built in a Aux port.

TriggerTrap comes in the well designed, finished product and with the TT Shield (75$). More info soon.

via [GeekyGadgets] source [TriggerTrap]

Arduino ADK spices up phones

Friday, September 9th, 2011


What better option than Android arduino, could be used when we think of hacking phones and and interfacing them with the sensors?

As a member of illutron, Mads Høbye – MEDEA PhD student in interaction design – was asked by SonyEricsson to challenge the more conventional usage of mobile technology, by exploring alternative usage scenarios. He called in a combination of artists, geeks and tinkerers for a four day workshop.


The Android platform proved to be a great stepping stone in that direction. During the workshop we managed to use the phones in multiple ways, by taking advantage of the embedded technologies like GPS, Compass, Wifi, GSM/3, Accelerometers, touch screen and connecting them to the Arduino platform.The compressed format of the workshop proved to a fruitful for revealing new openings and possibilities – pushing the boundaries of the normal perception of what constitutes a phone and how it should be used. From a research-through-design perspective, the resulting prototypes work as conversation pieces around what constitutes material media and how we can design position aware devices that are constantly connected to each other.



A Wall of 250 Canon Cameras Flashing Their Lights In A Matrix

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

Japanese band Androp realized for it’s latest single “Bright Siren” a 250 Flash light-based interactive Matrix.

Japan musicians Androp built a backdrop of 250 Canon cameras and programmed all their flashes to fire off in a sort of digital stop-motion screen.

The “Making of” after the break.


“Light Scythe” Lets You Do Huge Light Paintings

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

Some of you may know “light painting”  it’s a photographic technique which uses long exposures and a light source, to “paint” the photo with light. The project was inspired by the Wifi Netword Visualization, The Mechatronics Guy later brought in the concept of writing and painting pictures with the beams of light with a pc (wirelessly via Xbee).

The hardware is pretty simple. There’s a 2m programmable LED strip inside an acrylic tube, which is controlled from a small receiver and battery pack. A laptop PC with a wireless Xbee link sends the image data to the scythe at a specified time.

via [UberGizmo] source [mechatronicsGuy]

Cheap Thermocam Around 100$

Monday, March 14th, 2011

[Max] forwarded me an impressive project about a DIY Themal Camera. The overall cost for building it is around 104$, compairing to professional products ranging from from 2000$ to 30.000$.

after some time of research I want to present my latest project called “Cheap-Thermocam”. It enables to create thermal images of houses, electrical devices or other things. An infrared sensor is mounted on two servos for moving it up/down – left/right. For an optical image of the scanned area, a webcam is installed under the sensor. An easy to install computer software written in JAVA shows a preview of the webcam image and then collects all the temperature data neccessarry to create the thermal image. To do this, 1344 single points are measured in about 2 minutes, this is a rare resolution of 42×32 Pixels. The advantage of my project compared to commercial thermal cameras is obviously the price. Another positive aspect is that the pictures can be analysed and edited with my easy to use pc software. The whole project can be built in 2-3 hours without any difficult parts do be soldered.

Related Arduino projects about this theme can be seen here (DIY Thermal Imaging System for under $200) and here (Thermoscanner).  All Codes are provided

via [CheapThermocam]

Daniel Hirschmann’s Engine 26

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010


Daniel Hirschmann’s generative painting system, Engine 26, was presented at

Daniel Hirschmann with Engine 26

the Whitney Museum of Contemporary Art’s Gala event in New York City recently. The piece is the latest in a series of generative painting works Daniel has developed using Processing and Arduino. Daniel used Arduino to control DMX systems for the exhibit. He’s done a number of other DMX projects, many of them Arduino-based.

For more on Engine 26, see For more on Daniel’s other work, including Tuned Stairway, an Arduino-driven musical stairway from 2006  that’s a precursor to FunTheory’s Piano Stairs, see Engine 26 will be showing at other events in the near future. If it’s near you, check it out, and buy Daniel a beer and ask him for a story or two.


OpenMoco strikes again: the DollyShield

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

Some time ago I headed in one of the most complete DIY photo/cinema solutions for low-budget productions, the OpenMoco. It seems they spent some time in prototyping a brand new shield:

The DollyShield is an adaptation of the Arduino Motor Shield v3 that provides directional PWM control of two DC motors, at up to 1A of current each.  In addition to the motor drivers, it also provides a stereo plug with dual opto-coupled outputs for direct camera control, a 2×16 LCD, five user input buttons, and four auxilliary inputs or outputs through two stereo jacks.  It is designed to provide an inexpensive and easy-to-use interface for two-axis motion control integrated with a camera.

more info after the break