It seems Raspberry Pi board cameras are in vogue presently and we can’t have enough of them. This new piCamera is portable, runs reliably on batteries and this too has wifi connectivity. The whole project is based on a proto-board from Radioshack. Like the previously featured project, this too is using the schematics of Adafruit tutorial on using buttons with the Raspberry Pi. It contains a pullup resistor and a GPIO pin for the buttons and a rpi ribbon to make the attachment to the Raspberry Pi. There is only one button wired in, but one can go for more or install LED indicator lights using the GPIO pins.
There are two videos by the camera maker James Wolf which you can watch below. The first one shows all the features of the packaged camera. The second one is an update on the camera that uses a TFT screen and displays each picture after it is taken. The PyGame needs to be installed on the Rpi for the new features to work.
The last step in the making was a super tiny USB cable. It was made from the slice of a regular sized cable and with attentive soldering and glue gun usage. It makes the whole camera looks nice and ready, and ensures that the Enercell battery lasts about 3.5 hours.
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