#HowTo make a photobooth / Part 8 Bringing it all together

#HowTo make a photobooth / Part 8 Bringing it all together

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Part 1: #HowTo make a photobooth with i.MX processor based Utilite and Wandboard, Freedom KL25Z board
Part 2: #HowTo make a photobooth / Part 2 The new starting point
Part 3: #HowTo make a photobooth / Part 3 The new remote display
Part 4: #HowTo make a photobooth / Part 4 More slideshow and the photo booth script
Part 5: #HowTo make a photobooth / Part 5 Building a better button box
Part 6: #HowTo make a photobooth / Part 6 Cron job, uploading, emailing and laser cutting
Part 7: #HowTo make a photobooth / Part 7 And more laser cutting…
Part 8: #HowTo make a photobooth / Part 8 Bringing all the pieces together

In order to hold the camera, a shelf was made which slides on a re-made piece that holds the 45-degree shelves that display the Hummingboards together. There’s masking tape in the photo here because it was not glued yet. Extra holes were cut in the back to increase the offset and account for the position of the lens on the camera.


As a contingency plan, I made a mount for the main button in the event that the clear acrylic case did not arrive. It’s sitting on a black acrylic sheet cut to fit onto the top of the TV pillar.


But, in the end, the acrylic case did arrive just in time. Here are photos of the completed kiosk and acrylic cover. It’s still awaiting being wrapped with images from last year’s photo booth and branding.


Below, the power inlet to the kiosk can be seen. It has an IEC 320 C14 inlet to which a standard power cord is attached. There is an integral switch in the inlet that controls power to the whole kiosk. Inside the door (the knob on the door is visible on the left), there’s a dedicated router and a power strip. The WAN connection on the router feeds through the RJ-45 jack next to the power inlet. Above the door is a spring loaded recessed handle (with another on the opposite side) for lifting the kiosk.


And here are some close-ups under the hood…


Since the acrylic cover did come, the wood support for it is mounted to the case via the nut on the button. It  serves mainly to hold the Teensy3.1 so that it can be seen. The admin button box inside the case serves to toggle the uploading of the images, re-aim the camera, and reboot and shutdown the whole system. The Hummingboard in this photo runs the slideshow.


Here’s a close-up of the button. The button is held in place to keep from spinning with double sticky tape as is the wood support underneath. The nut holds it all together. It’s all suspended by the top of the acrylic case.


And here’s the other side, showing the Hummingboard that controls the camera and runs the photo booth:


It’s now ready for FTF2015. There’s already been interest in using it at an internal event here in Austin some time in August…


I still want to make some improvements, though: like making the reboot and shutdown cycle shorter and adding sound effects and prompts. But those will have to wait until after FTF2015…

David DiCarlo is a hardware applications engineer for Freescale i.MX applications processors.

David DiCarlo
David DiCarlo
The human analog of a Swiss Army knife, David DiCarlo has been by providing hardware systems support for the past 17 years for the i.MX family of applications processors and audio digital signal processors, enabling customers to bring their products to market. Formally schooled as a material scientist (ceramics in particular), he plays an engineer by day and maker/re-maker the rest of the time.

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