TriggerTrap, an “open-source, Arduino-based universal camera trigger” has been fully funded and production is imminent, according to its designers. They say “in a few weeks, the factory will start creating the devices.”
You can trip the device using light, lasers, sound, time-lapse or an auxiliary input. The TriggerTrap can then set off cameras using shutter release cables, infrared, sync cords or a bit of DIY soldering.
Suggested applications (some more serious than others) include:
- Using a laser sensor to photograph runners as they pass a point in a race
- Taking a photograph of someone as they open a fridge door
- Having a “wobbly photo booth” where party-goers have their picture taken only if they are drunk enough
- Capturing popping balloons
- Acting as an optical slave to trigger flashes with low latency
- Taking a photo when somebody rings a doorbell
For more information on how it works and potential applications, visit the TriggerTrap web site.
Where to buy
The TriggerTrap has an estimated release date of “February 2012”. The price direct from the manufacturer is US$125 excluding cables.