Hack this £20 keychain arcade into a Canon timelapse remote

Oct 23, 2016

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Hack this £20 keychain arcade into a Canon timelapse remote

Oct 23, 2016

Udi Tirosh

Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.

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What if you could have a keychain sized gadget that will always help you set a timelapse triggering scheme to your Canon? Ilya Titov asked that very same question which led him to hack an Affinity arcade kit into a Canon remote. This is not the first time Ilya is tampering with Canon remotes, he already made a small keychain remote. But this time he went overboard by using a small £20 DIY game kit called Attiny Arcade.

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Aside the Attiny Arcade kit, this hack is also using a small IR LED which allows sending commands to the camera. The trigger allows shooting right away, but also setting a delayed or a timelapsed shoot.

The Affinity Arcade is built around the Atmel Attiny85 chip, which is kind of a small Arduino.

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Best of all, it is open-sourced so you can tweak the code and add featured as you wish. Here is a link to the source code.

 

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5 responses to “Hack this £20 keychain arcade into a Canon timelapse remote”

  1. Melbar Avatar
    Melbar

    for 10 dollar i can buy a timelapse remote.

    1. Simon Williams Avatar
      Simon Williams

      Sometimes it’s about the journey, and what you learn from that journey as opposed to the result.

      1. ext237 Avatar
        ext237

        Both very true comments. And sometimes you light the way in your journey with a Magic Lantern.

        1. Simon Williams Avatar
          Simon Williams

          Indeed. I have yet to venture down that route, but I do use a phone and app to achieve similar results.

  2. Rick Avatar
    Rick

    Or just do it the easy way with a smartphone – http://www.instructables.com/id/iPhone-Camera-Remote/