Given the responsibility of creating a photo booth for an annual work party, Pete Prodoehl from Rasterweb decided he wanted to use Sparkbooth, an Adobe AIR-based application that can turn a computer into a photo booth. Normally, a partygoer activates the software by pressing the spacebar on a keyboard. However, in order to simplify the set up, Pete created a custom button and enclosure based on the same hardware as The AWESOME Button: a Teensy USB. The button acts as a USB keyboard that serves one purpose, pressing the space bar. The arcade-style yellow button is much more robust and—I’m guessing—more enticing for guests to press than the spacebar on a keyboard.
Also be sure to check out David Cline’s DIY photo booth write up in MAKE Volume 24.
6 thoughts on “DIY Photobooth Rig with Custom Button”
This is awesome! If I have a party in my house, I will use my 27″ iMac and Macbook 2.7 just like the way you have it in the above images. I already know the quality of the camera’ is poor. However, by using the correct lighting, some images are really good!
If you want better quality, you can use a dslr camera tethered to your pc. Take a look at http://www.dslrbooth.com for instructions on how to do this and the software needed.
Why not connect the button mechanically to the spacebar?
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