Pi-Powered Video Viewer

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Pi-Powered Video Viewer


Simon de Bakker and Jon Stam built this video viewer which allows you to view movies off of a flash card, one frame at a time. The Bioscope uses a Raspberry Pi with a custom shield, and the case was 3D printed.

Inspired by an early movie projector of the same name, the Bioscope is a medium to experience memories in relative time. It consists of a hand-held device, to be viewed with one eye, which resembles an old film camera. By rotating the handle, the digital (or digitized home) movie is animated frame by frame, forward or in reverse, relative to the speed and direction that is used to turn the dial.

Bioscope demands users to actually (and manually) engage to see a movie. The act of seeing is subjectively constructed through each frame and view, hereby engaging us to notice the discrete relationships which manifest personal meaning.

[via i.materialise]

14 thoughts on “Pi-Powered Video Viewer

  1. Chrome6 says:

    Looks an awful lot like a Fisher Price movie viewer, not sure what a Bioscope looks like.

    1. Tatiana says:

      Well, it is inspired by the Fisher Price movie viewer, so that’s a good remark; you can look at the pictures here: http://i.materialise.com/blog/entry/the-3d-printed-bioscope

  2. Chrome6 says:

    No criticism of the project implied, this is a really cool hack of an old toy :)

  3. Charlie Lesoine says:

    This is cool. Would be really cool if it was also a hand crank video recorder!

  4. no says:

    title should be rPi or RPi. Pi is something else, and you should not overload the word with an abbreviation for something else when it can so easily be avoided.

  5. Simon says:

    Can’t say how cool it is to see our project appearing on MAKE blog!

    To fill-up on the post:
    The project emerged as part of the V2_ SummerSessions AiR: http://www.v2.nl/lab/blog/selected-projects-summer-sessions-2012
    Some more info and images you can find on http://www.simbits.nl/portfolio/bioscope/
    More info on the Raspberry PI Li-Ion shield we developed for the Bioscope: http://www.simbits.nl/portfolio/raspberry-pi-power-shield/

    And a tiny detail, the movies are not read from Flash card but from any regular USB stick :)

  6. Cindy says:

    Great idea! I have seen it at Reprocity, works really good.

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