Tag: Arduino

Arduino Camera Remote

Arduino Camera Remote

I’ve had Sony compact system and DSLR for a few years now and they have all featured Infrared remote receivers, I used the DSLRBot and NEXRemote apps for the iPhone to control them. This works well, someone else put the work in to develop the app and the best part is they are free, however if you want a timelapse or long exposure not only do you set up £1000 of camera for the shot you need £500 of iPhone sat next to it.

A couple of years ago I prototyped (basic breadboard) a simple button controlled remote to fire the shutter using the Arduino and an IR LED. This worked but seemed overkill compared to a £2.99 ebay remote. I’ve finally got round to pulling together various other projects, online tutorials and library’s for a full featured menu controlled (multi-camera? coming soon Ed. Probably not!) IR remote with shutter, delayed, timelapse and long exposure modes.

The Arduino is quite capable of performing these functions, the problem has been my time commitment to write the code, inparticular relating to the LCD display and menu function (wow thats overly complex) but hopefully this year I will get back to it and maybe even get it completed and assembled in a useful package.

Arduino

Arduino

Today I bought an Arduino starter kit, it’s a simple electronics kit that not only includes the Arduino board itself, effectively a small computer that can be programmed using a simple programming language, but also a selection of components, a breadboard for wiring the circuits and a book of simple projects to get you started.

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The Arduino is designed to make prototyping quick and simple for hobby designers and engineers. It’s open source so is being constantly developed and updated and now features a variety of versions from the smallest and simplest designs for small objects or even clothing applications through to large complex boards with many inputs and outputs and even a complete robot.

I’m keen to get back to electronics engineering, if only as a hobby so decided that this was a good place to start. I’ll be updating the blog with a few of my projects as I go along, although as I try to remember my anodes from my cathodes and inputs from outputs it may be more flashing LEDs and buzzers than autonomous vehicles or another Asimo.