Sunday, July 18, 2010

Polecam 2010

So one of the things I want to do with this blog is share with the web some of the random projects I do, especially when that information could be handy for others.   I enjoy giving my projects extravagant names and calling them "inventions" even when they aren't anything that innovative, because it makes me feel awesome like that kid from "The Goonies."

In June I went to Paddle at the Point in Pittsburgh, where 1800+ kayakers set a world record for the largest kayak flotilla. I thought it'd be cool to get an elevated perspective from where I was, so I "invented" the PoleCam 2010!

Yeah OK, so it doesn't look like much, especially against the soon-to-be-painted ugly walls of the house I'm living in.  What it consists of is a 16 foot, four section carbon fiber boom pole with an Ultrapod II attached at the top, holding a Canon S90 camera. The camera is activated remotely by using a remote.  The boom pole itself weighs less than 2lbs, so even with the camera attached, it's easy to hold the whole rig fully extended in one hand.   

By default the Canon S90 doesn't have any capacity for remote release, so I had to use CHDK firmware to enable this.  The CHDK website has several pages detailing how to install the firmware and script for remote release, as well as a page explaining how to build the release hardware. Once you have the firmware and appropriate script on the camera, the release is triggered by applying voltage to the usb port. I built a remote with some components from Radioshack. 

It's simply a project box with a couple AAA batteries that provide voltage to the appropriate pins of the USB connector (see the CHDK website for details on how to do this). 

The photo above is a shot taken by a friend of me using the Polecam in the middle of the mass of kayakers. I had some technical difficulties with the remote towards the end of the event (which turned out to be a loose battery) so I wasn't able to get one of the shots I wanted. Overall it worked great and gave me some photos with an interesting perspective. Check out my photoblog to see the photos from the event. 


ieishalapera said...

The 23 Casinos Near Harrah's Resort Atlantic City - Mapyro
Explore other 상주 출장안마 Casinos 제천 출장마사지 Near Harrah's Resort 정읍 출장안마 Atlantic City 목포 출장안마 in real-time and see 광양 출장안마 activity. Realtime driving directions to The 23 Casinos,

vannevarnachazel said...

Bet on the banker, player, or tie and wait to see how fortunate may be}. Players new to the sport are advised to avoid the tie wager because of|as a outcome of} it has a better home edge. You can discover dozens of helpful ideas, reside casino technique guides, and instructions throughout Different websites use a unique format, however the required info is usually the same. It 1xbet includes things like account info, personal particulars, contact info, and a billing handle.

Anonymous said...

Commission is calculated as a percentage of the operators' winnings generated via the corporate's Live Casino offering. Also, Live Casino is seen as extra partaking and reliable than graphical random quantity generator games like slots. With innovative games like Lightning Roulette, Casino Hold’em and Evolution Live Blackjack, you’re never want of|wanting} stay gaming leisure at JackpotCity Casino. ITech Labs is a testing and certification lab for Online Gaming systems, focusing on compliance, software program high quality, reporting and delivery. Having testing completed by iTech Labs ensures that games and gaming systems comply with all related requirements, and that they are truthful, reliable and resilient. All front-line personnel are additionally participating in 카지노사이트 specifically tailored training designed to reinforce their professionalism in each gaming and communication expertise.