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DIY Raspberry Pi Photo Booth: Say Fruit!

by Lambert Varias
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Last year, TMW Unlimited Lab Tech Lead Roo Williams was asked to come up with a better way to take profile photos of new employees. At the time, someone from Human Resources simply used a compact camera to take a shot of the newbies. Roo decided to make a low cost, remote-controlled and mobile photo booth that allowed employees to inspect and re-take their pictures if they want to before submitting them to HR.

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Roo used a Raspberry Pi and the Pi’s camera module to power what he calls the Pi-Booth. He wired a relay module that controlled two lamps to the Pi to make a flash. He also removed the camera module’s lens and made a 3D adapter so he could attach different kinds of lenses to the camera. He also added a display to serve as the Pi-Booth’s viewfinder.

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Roo installed the components in a case that he made out of a combination of 3D printed and laser cut parts. The front plate is frosted to give the flash a soft glow.

To control the Pi-Booth Roo wrote a Python application that uses Flask and Flask-SocketIO. Roo and his colleagues simply go to a website on their computer or mobile device to operate the booth.

Roo says the Pi-Booth can also be reprogrammed to send pictures to other websites. He can even add simple photo editing features to make it more fun to use. Head to Roo’s Github page for more on his project.

[via Hack A Day]

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