OTTO – The hackable GIF camera

Gustavo Huber and his friends announced that OTTO – the hackable GIF camera is now being offered on Kickstarter! OTTO lets YOU decide how it takes pictures. Besides being the only camera that makes animated GIFs, OTTO’s an image making machine that can transform into hundreds of different cameras with a quick tap. GIFs, time lapses, impromptu […]

NOT-A-CAMERA, the 2D camera that shoots JPGs and HD video

Olivia Barr writes about her latest project, the NOT-A-CAMERA: Introducing my latest creation, the NOT-A-CAMERA! It’s a REAL camera designed to look like a fake 2D camera etched into wood that shoots HD video and 3.5mb jpgs. Yep, it’s a functional camera, a spy camera laser cut in solid walnut and only half an inch thick. There is […]

Convert optical mouse into Arduino web cam

Franci has written this tutorial describing the process used to convert a mouse into an Arduino web cam. In addition to the Arduino, all you need are an Ethernet shield, an optical mouse with ADNS-5020 sensor and a 10K ohm resistor. “An optical mouse uses a small camera that records the surface to calculate movements […]

OpenReflex, the open source 3D Printed Camera

Bozardeux wrote this Instructable detailing his OpenReflex, the open source 3D Printed Camera: The OpenReflex is an Open-Source analog camera with a mirror viewfinder and an awesome finger activated mechanic shutter (running ~ 1/60°s). What’s more, it is compatible with any photographic lens. All the pieces are easily printable on any recent RepRap-like ABS 3D-printer […]

The Descriptive Camera

Matt Richardson’s Descriptive Camera sends pictures to Amazon’s Mechanical Turk where a worker writes a description of the scene: The Descriptive Camera works a lot like a regular camera—point it at subject and press the shutter button to capture the scene. However, instead of producing an image, this prototype outputs a text description of the […]

Internet connected camera using Arduino

Our friends at Adafruit have put together a detailed tutorial on construction of your own Internet of Things Camera. They combine the Arduino with their data logger shield outfitted with the Eye-Fi wireless SD card (first gen model) and a TTL Serial JPEG Camera shield. The result is a self-contained wireless monitoring camera with motion-sensing […]

Parallax laser range finder / Game Boy printer hack

Joe Grand, developer of the Parallax Laser Range Finder (LRF) presents this hack interfacing the LRF with a vintage Game Boy printer. The project uses the LRF’s onboard camera, along with a few circuit and firmware mods, to allow the user to take snapshots and have them printed by the Game Boy. Complete source files […]

Update on Arduino imaging – Processing sketch + video

Earlier this week we posted about Carlos Agell’s project which allows the acquisition of analog camera images by an Arduino. Carlos has updated this project for use with a Processing sketch instead of the costly LabVIEW required in the original design. Here’s the link to his compressed file containing the Arduino and Processing sketches, LabVIEW […]

Image acquisition from an analog camera using Arduino

Carlos Agell of Hacking Electronics has developed this project which allows the acquisition of analog camera images by an Arduino. He uses an Arduino, Nootropic’s video experimenter shield, 1% resistors and a potentiometer. This hardware captures a 128×96 monochrome image and sends it back via serial to a PC where it can be viewed using […]

Arduino motion detection camera

Inspired by the intervalometer project at the Honey Jar, Dan Bridges produced a motion activation control to use with his Canon SLR camera. It uses an Arduino, a PIR sensor and two 4N35 optocouplers and this source code. He next plans to add a potentiometer and LCD screen to allow for custom time intervals on […]

Atmega644 rock paper scissors game

Students Ling-Wei Lee and Kevin Tang at Cornell University developed a version of the rock paper scissors game using an Atmega644, CMOS camera module and a 2×16 LCD. Their project requires the human player to wear a glove that has black tape on each finger. Upon a signal from the LCD, the player plays their […]