switch on a camera every minute to take a picture

Discussion in 'The Projects Forum' started by jeffclist2, Mar 22, 2010.

  1. jeffclist2

    Thread Starter New Member

    Mar 22, 2010
    I'm attempting a 'diy sensecam' :)

    I bought a cheap, gum stick-sized spy camera that I can wear around my neck, and I want to be able to have it take a picture every 30-60 seconds throughout the day.

    Since it only uses one button to turn the unit on and take the picture, I figured the easiest way is to just attach a relay or transistor to the power button and have it send a trigger signal through this cycle:

    1. On.. (wait 2 seconds)
    2. Take picture.. (wait 2 seconds)
    3. Off (hold for 2 seconds then Wait 30-60 seconds)
    4. Repeat

    What would be the best plan of attack here? A 555-timer? A PIC/arduino? Which would save the most energy?
  2. R!f@@

    AAC Fanatic!

    Apr 2, 2009
    I would say a PIC