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This is an interesting solution to controlling your DSLR without having to use a traditional computer.

It occurred to me that if I could somehow tether a DSLR to an instant-on device like an Arduino microcontroller I would have less weight to carry around and could get more work done. After mentally spec’ing out what I would need, I realized the solution was right in front of me – because I bring it with me for Mario Kart wireless races on long night jobs – (In the manner of John Lasseter’s slow epiphany voice): “Use-the-Nintendo-D-S.” Duh.

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Marc de Vinck

I’m currently working full time as the Dexter F. Baker Professor of Practice in Creativity in the Masters of Engineering in Technical Entrepreneurship Program at Lehigh University. I’m also an avid product designer, kit maker, author, father, tinkerer, and member of the MAKE Technical Advisory board.


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  1. The Oracle says:

    Nice sounding project. I like how easy it was to add the sound trigger. How hard would it be to add an input for things like a light trigger?

    The $100 price does seem very high, is there any indication of what goes into the hardware component to justify that?

  2. grommit says:

    3-prong Canon N3 connector
    GBA cartridge housing
    Custom circuit board
    components for board
    DS homebrew device
    micro SD card

    labor

    $100 = bargain

  3. nick says:

    will this work with other cameras besides the 5D? I have an XTi and think this would be fun to have.

    1. Marc de Vinck says:

      @nick

      I don’t see why not, but check with Steve, his email is at the end of the article.

      There are lots of other solutions too….search for “intervalometer” on our blog.

      Here are some of my favorites:

      http://www.make-digital.com/make/vol15/?pg=159
      http://blog.makezine.com/archive/2008/02/how_to_time_lapse_video_w.html
      http://blog.makezine.com/archive/2007/01/remote_shutter.html

      Good luck, and if you make one, post some pictures and shoot me an email! Thanks!