How to Build a Digital Polaroid Camera

Receipt printer + Nintendo controller + E-ink display + Raspberry Pi

Introduction

  • Mouse, keyboard, and monitor (for Raspberry Pi setup)
  • Wire stripper/cutter
  • Pliers
  • Dremel tool
  • Soldering iron
  • Small screwdrivers
  • Hot glue gun
  • Wires, super glue, rubber bands, and other random things

The Polaroid Camera

The Raspberry Pi

The Digital Camera

The Display

The Receipt Printer

The SNES Controller

The Batteries

The battery (bottom right) printed the darkest blacks

The Software

  1. The most recent photo is sent to the display
  2. The program watches for button presses on the controller
  3. When a picture is taken (A button) it is sent to the display
  4. When the print button is pressed (B button) it prints whatever image is on the display
  5. The arrow buttons are essentially cycling through a slideshow of all the photos that have been taken

Conclusion: What I Would Do Differently

The End?

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