I repaired some antique film cameras, but this one was too far gone. So the shell of it was sitting on my shelf. It was roughly the size of a Pi and I thought it would make a cool case. I got a hold of a Pi Camera and thought I could bring it back to life with modern tech in the shroud of antiquity.
What it does
After initializing from a rechargable Lithium-Ion battery power supply, Raspbian runs my python script on startup that waits input from the shutter button. Upon capture, a custom filter makes the image remember the style of the Instamatic 126 film. From there, it directly uploads the photo to Google Drive.
How I built it
I had to manually hack most of the components with my Dremel. I cut holes in my Pi to make it fit just right. Even machined a few parts myself. Getting everything inside was a tight fit, but feasible.
Challenges I ran into
Cutting the Pi caused a few of the GPIO pins to not work. I had to reroute power to the Pi manually through the test pads on the back. Upon closing it for the first time, the metal casing created a mini Faraday cage effect, limiting its wifi range.
Accomplishments that I'm proud of
It fits in the original chasis and looks like film photos. It has access ports on the sides that allow it to still function as a normal Pi in a case as well. Hence the 'Puter part of the title.
What I learned
I had no experience with any of this. Hadn't even used a Pi before. I learned valuable skills about volt meters, EE, manual hacking, python, and the wonders of a Google API.
What's next for Pi CamPuter
Right now it should work anywhere on campus to take photos and directly upload them. I hope to use it along side my actual film cameras.