Put Your Old Calculator To Work As An Intervalometer With This Super Easy DIY Hack

Sep 4, 2014

Tiffany Mueller

Tiffany Mueller is a photographer and content strategist based in Hawi, Hawaii. Her work has been shared by top publications like The New York Times, Adobe, and others.

Put Your Old Calculator To Work As An Intervalometer With This Super Easy DIY Hack

Sep 4, 2014

Tiffany Mueller

Tiffany Mueller is a photographer and content strategist based in Hawi, Hawaii. Her work has been shared by top publications like The New York Times, Adobe, and others.

Join the Discussion

Share on:

The clever folks over at JCAP Media have found a way to turn your old TI-84 graphing calculator that’s been sitting in the bottom of your desk drawer since college into something you may actually use. Who knew the graphing calculator could double as an intervalometer just by inputting a few commands and attaching it to your DSLR? This little hack is super easy and could actually come in handy when you’re shooting your next timelapse. Check it out!

YouTube video

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • Texas Instruments TI-854 Graphing Calculator
  • 2.5 mm audio cable
  • DSLR with a shutter release port

…And Here’s How It’s Done:

    1. Turn on the calculator and press the Program button.
    2. Press the right arrow two times.
    3. Highlight the “New” tab, press Enter and type in a name for the intervalometer program you are making
    4. Now, enter in the code from this screencap:
Type this code into the calculator.
Type this code into the calculator.
  1. Attach one end of the cable into the port of the calculator and the other end into the cable release port of your DSLR.
  2. Open back up the program you just created on the calculator and type in the number value of the time you want between each shot.
  3. Make an epic timelapse.

Pretty simple, right? I wouldn’t venture as far as to say it’s a replacement for a good intervalometer, and you can even purchase a real intervalometer for less than it would cost to buy one of these calculator. But, if you happen to have one of these things laying around, it could be a fun little project if your inner geek has been wanting to play. There have been reports floating around the internet of this hack working on other models of Texas Instrument graphing calculators as well. If you can confirm different models to work, please let us know in the comments section below!

[ via PetaPixel | Instructables ]

Filed Under:

Tagged With:

Find this interesting? Share it with your friends!

Tiffany Mueller

Tiffany Mueller

Tiffany Mueller is a photographer and content strategist based in Hawi, Hawaii. Her work has been shared by top publications like The New York Times, Adobe, and others.

Join the Discussion

DIYP Comment Policy
Be nice, be on-topic, no personal information or flames.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

6 responses to “Put Your Old Calculator To Work As An Intervalometer With This Super Easy DIY Hack”

  1. mike Avatar
    mike

    TI-84 reminds me of college. :)

    But with this, it would be probably more practical to use a TriggerTrap on a smartphone.

    1. sakari Avatar
      sakari

      Practial, true

      But graphing calculator is something pretty much anoyne but art school students have :D

  2. udi tirosh Avatar
    udi tirosh

    I used to work for TI. was a project manager for 5 year. This brings back some memories….

    1. Marc W. Avatar
      Marc W.

      I still have my TI-85 and can’t seem to get rid of it, unbeknownst to my wife. Now I can say I have a use for it.

  3. Ralph Hightower Avatar
    Ralph Hightower

    Never owned a TI; I’ve always owned HP calculators.

  4. Amirul Syafiq Avatar
    Amirul Syafiq

    Never have a TI. Actually, never seen anyone have it! We use Casio.