The team at Lab3 in Germany have created a unique method for making ultra-long term time-lapse photography a reality. Their goal was to leave a camera unattended for as long as possible, and have solved it using an Arduino, real-time clock, servo and some interesting hardware. The camera used is a Canon that has been modified with the Canon Hack Dev Kit to allow scripting.
The camera is physically turned on by an Arduino-controlled servo by pressing the power button. Then the scripting captures the required images, and shuts down the camera. Using sleep watchdog code, the Arduino will check the time against a real-time clock IC against a database of required time and dates for images – and then activate the camera when required. A simple yet very inventive solution to a problem has once more been solved with an Arduino board and some imagination. For more information on this project, visit the Lab3 site.
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