Posts Tagged ‘automated’

An Automated Slide Film Scanner Built with LEGOs


This is pretty impressive: photographer Pascal Kulcsar needed to digitize some old slide film left behind by his grandfather. Rather than purchase a film scanner, Kulcsar decided to combine his technical ingenuity and love for LEGOs to create a DIY slide film scanner using LEGO pieces.
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Selfie Bots: Students Create Robot Snappers That Use Sight and Sound


Cornell offers a course on designing with microcontrollers, and this year’s final project submissions featured a couple of groups who decided to build robotic photographers that help capture selfies.
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DIY: An Automated, Motorized Camera Dolly Made Out of LEGO and an Arduino


In the past, we’ve shared a few different ways to make a DIY dolly, but today’s version is a bit more… childish than those. That’s because this automated and motorized dolly is made, not out of parts you’d find at a hardware store, but a toy store. It’s a dolly made of LEGO. Read more…

Researchers Take Aim at Automatically Detecting Photo Fakes on Twitter


You might remember the photo above from last year. For a while, it circulated the web like mad, claiming to show Hurricane Sandy bearing down menacingly on the Statue of Liberty. But if you’ve read our previous coverage on the photo, you’ll know that it is, in fact, a fake — a composite of a Statue of Liberty picture and a well-known photo by weather photographer Mike Hollingshead.

Photo fakes like this wind up going viral online all the time, often helped along by Twitter where retweet upon retweet puts it in front of thousands of unsuspecting people. Having had enough, a group of researchers from the University of Maryland, IBM Research Labs and the Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology are trying to do something about it. Read more…

photoBot: A Photog Robot That Scans the Room for Pictures, R2-D2-Style

photoBot is a new photography robot designed by Tommy Dykes, a designer and PhD student at Northumbria University. It constantly scans a room for photo ops by turning its head in a manner reminiscent of R2-D2 from Star Wars (which, in case you haven’t heard, is now owned by Disney).
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Make Distributing Mass Portraits a Breeze Using QR Codes

Large portrait taking gigs can be a bit of a nightmare. If you’re taking multiple portraits of a few hundred people, trying to sort through those and organize them so that they’re easily found is no walk in the park. Fortunately, you can find an automatic solution to this problem on Robert Bieber’s photo blog Bieber Photographic.

If you look past the unfortunate name (sorry, couldn’t help myself), the system that he put together for distributing mass amounts of portraits taken at his church is pretty ingenious, and he puts the whole thing up as a walkthrough in case you want to follow the same steps. Without going into too much detail, he basically used several scripts to generate QR code cards, link them to the photos of each person, and put thumbnails linking to the originals online online where each individual could find their portraits — all without doing any manual sorting. If this sounds like something that would benefit you, be sure to check out the original post for the whole walkthrough and links to all of his pre-written scripts.

Automating Mass Portraits With QR Codes [Bieber Photographic]

Canon Dropping Humans From Assembly Lines, May Go Fully Robotic by 2015

In sharp contrast to the Leica way of doing things by hand, Canon has just announced that it is planning on completely eliminating the need for a human production line as early as 2015. So while your future Leica M10 will still be completely hand-made (with a price tag to match), your future 5D Mark IV (or maybe Mark VI by then) will be entirely robot-made.

Fortunately, Canon spokesperson Jan Misumi assured the press that the move won’t lead to job losses, as employees will be moved into other parts of the company. But it does seem to take a little bit of the humanity you see in the Leica making of video out of camera manufacturing.

(via Engadget)

Automate Useful Photo Tasks with If This Then That

ifttt (If This Then That) is a new service that lets you automate tasks across different social media services you’re signed up for, including Dropbox, Flickr, Instagram, and Facebook. All you have to do is choose what “this” and “that” are, and the service will take care of handling the task. For example, you can use ifttt to automatically send every photo uploaded to Facebook that’s tagged with your name to your Dropbox account, or have it send all of your new Instagram photos to a particular Facebook album. Each task is called a “recipe”, and you can browse the most popular ones here.

ifttt (via Boing Boing)

Clever Wedding Photo Booth Made Using a Canon T3i

We’ve seen DSLR photo booth projects before, but usually they’re just simple ways for guests at an event to take self-portraits of themselves. Kevin over at I Dream In Code actually made a fancy photo booth for his brother’s wedding that prints out a nice keepsake for guests:

It is an Arduino connected to a Staples easy button. When pressed, it starts the sequence of taking 4 pictures on the Canon T3i, triggered through the 2.5mm earphone jack.

The pictures are wirelessly transferred over an adhoc network using an EyeFi Pro SD card. On the laptop, it is looking in a directory for 4 pictures, takes the 4 of them, combines them into one photo along with a picture of Andrew and Jenn, and prints it out.

The entire process from pressing the Easy Button to having the photo pop out takes about 1 minute and 30 seconds. Check out his blog post for more of the technical details.

Automated Photobooth (via Reddit)

Light Painting Art Done Using Swarms of Robot Vacuum Cleaners

This light painting photograph was created by a group of students over in Germany using a swarm of seven Roomba automated vacuum cleaners. Each one had a different colored LED light attached to the top, making the resulting photo look like some kind of robotic Jackson Pollock painting. There’s actually an entire Flickr group dedicated to using Roombas for light painting — check it out of you have one of these robot minions serving you in your home.
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