DOUGLAS, Mass. , July 6, 2021 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — The Happy Glamper Photo Camper announced today the launch of “Mirabelle,” the first in its fleet of traveling photo booths. Happy Glamper offers a new twist on the classic photo booth experience. The latest addition to New England’s list of premier event vendors, Happy Glamper takes vintage Shasta campers and transforms them into modern, traveling photo booths available for indoor and outdoor events of all sizes and types.
“A photograph can capture a million words in one moment. My mission with the Happy Glamper Photo Camper is to help you break the norm, bring some extra fun to your event, and leave your guests saying, Do you remember that camper photo booth they had at their event?! That was incredible!” – Melissa Hadley , owner and creator of Happy Glamper Photo Camper
Some features and benefits of Happy Glamper include:
1962 Shasta camper photo booth
Fun props to engage and prints to take home
Multiple affordable package options
An attendant at each event to provide the best service possible
High end equipment
“I have always loved vintage campers and have a love for photography, so combining the two and bringing life and smiles back into this 1962 Shasta has been a fun-filled experience! Mirabelle is the show stopper you’ve been looking for!”- Melissa Hadley , owner and creator of Happy Glamper Photo Camper
Happy Glamper is booking events now at a competitive price point. For more information on Mirabelle, the Happy Glamper Photo Camper, visit http://www.thehappyglamperphotocamper.com/.
About The Happy Glamper Photo Camper: Happy Glamper was born out of the entrepreneurial mindset of photographer and small business owner, Melissa Hadley . While quarantine was long for us all, Melissa, a mom of three, used that time to dream and act on how to build another business. A lover of all things vintage, Melissa set her sights on building a traveling photo booth out of the unexpected ? a 1962 Shasta camper.
Melissa Hadley , Happy Glamper Photo Camper, +1 (508) 667-4057, [email protected]
Introduction: How to Make a Raspberry Pi Slideshow!
One day, the idea of making a book display slideshow came to me because my classmates don’t really like reading books and I wanted to let them have a way to find books other kids liked. I knew that using a full computer would be too expensive so I decided that I would try and make one with a Raspberry Pi.
My 2 friends and I ordered a Raspberry Pi and some other stuff through our school and started working on it. After about 3 months of trial and error, our work paid off and we had a working slideshow that displays books that were recommended by students and staff.
We learned so much during the making so we decided to share it with all of you.
Step 1: Materials
What you will need
- A Raspberry Pi Zero or another model
- A MicroSD card
- A Monitor such as a TV or backup camera monitor
- An HDMI cable or a micro HDMI cable if you are using the Raspberry Pi Zero
- A Power supply cable
- A USB or wireless mouse and keyboard
- A USB stick for file transfer
- *Optional* A wifi adapter or ethernet cable*
- *Optional* A 3D printer*
Step 2: Install the Operating System Onto Your Raspberry Pi.
Go onto the Raspberry Pi website for a guide to installing the operating system. https://www.raspberrypi.org/downloads/noobs/ or follow the steps below.
- Download NOOBS onto your computer at https://www.raspberrypi.org/downloads/noobs/.
- Watch the following video about getting started with NOOBS on your Raspberry Pi. https://vimeo.com/90518800
- Put NOOBS onto your formatted micro SD card.
- Boot up your Raspberry Pi and connect it to a monitor.
- Use a keyboard or a mouse to select Raspbian.
- Wait for Raspbian to install.
- Congratulations, you can now move on to the next step!
Note, please choose Rasbian because it automatically installs LibreOffice Suite onto your Raspberry Pi. LibreOffice is what we will use to run the raspberry pi slideshow. It makes it a lot easier!
Step 3: Making Your Screen Stay On.
As you play around with your new Raspberry Pi, you may notice that if you leave your Raspberry Pi alone for too long, it will turn off the screen. To prevent that from happening, you can follow the steps in https://www.bitpi.co/2015/02/14/prevent-raspberry-pi-from-sleeping/.
Step 4: Slideshow Time!
Create a slideshow with the items that you want to display and put it on an USB stick.
Transfer your file to the Raspberry Pi.
Step 5: Starting the Slideshow!
Congratulations! Your slideshow has started! Click the escape key to stop the slideshow!
Step 6: Extras
- Why not make your Raspberry Pi be able to be connected to using a remote desktop server.
- Use it to recommend books!
- Use it to display fun facts in a school or office.
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There maybe times when you want to view a photo from the Raspbian command line. Previously I had recommended using “fim” to display images on the command line but this is no longer available from the Raspbian repository. Instead you can use the utility that it was based on called “fbi”. It doesn’t have the ascii art capability of fim but is useful for images and slideshows.
Fbi displays the specified file(s) on the linux console using the framebuffer device. PhotoCD, jpeg, ppm, gif, tiff, xwd, bmp, png and webp formats are supported natively.
To install fim use the following commands :
To display a single image with the “auto-zoom” option use :
Press ESC to return to the command line.
To display all the images in the current directory use the following command :
The PageUp/PageDown keys can be used to cycle through the images selected by the “*.jpg” filter.
To create a slideshow you can use :
This will cycle through all the images with an interval of 5 seconds.
Command line options
Here are some of the more useful command line options :
Generally they are used between “fbi” and the image file name(s).
For example this will play a slideshow of all images in a random order with 4 seconds between each image. The images will be auto-scaled :
Pressing h while viewing a photo will bring up a list of keyboard commands you can use :
Fbi also provides some very basic image editing facilities. You have to start fbi with the -e switch to use them.
The delete function actually wants a capital letter D, thus you have to type Shift+d. This is done to avoid deleting images by mistake because there are no safety bells: If you ask fbi to delete the image, it will be deleted with‐
out questions asked.
The rotate function actually works for JPEG images only. It does a lossless transformation of the image.
The photos EXIF information can be displayed by pressing i :
Have you ever fancied building a Raspberry Pi photo booth? How about one with Snapchat-esque overlay filters? What if it tweeted your images to its own Twitter account for all to see?
Introducing The All-Seeing Pi
“Well, the thing I really want to say (if you haven’t already) is that this whole thing was a team build”, explains one of the resource creators, Laura Sach. “I think it would be a brilliant project to do as a team!”
The resource originally came to life at Pycon, where the team demonstrated the use of filters alongside the Camera Module in their hands-on workshops. From there, the project grew into The All-Seeing Pi, which premiered at the Bett stand earlier this year.
Build your own photo booth
To build your own, you’ll need:
- A Camera Module
- A monitor (we used a touchscreen for ours)
- Two tactile buttons (you can replace these later with bigger buttons if you wish)
- A breadboard
- Some male-female jumper leads
If you’re feeling artistic, you can also use a box to build a body for your All-Seeing Pi.
By following the worksheets within the resource, you’ll learn how to set up the Camera Module, connect buttons and a display, control GPIO pins and the camera with Python code, and how to tweet a photo.
Raspberry Pi Foundation’s free resources
We publish our resources under a Creative Commons license, allowing you to use them for free at home, in clubs, and in schools. The All-Seeing Pi resource has been written to cover elements from the Raspberry Pi Digital Curriculum. You can find more information on the curriculum here.
Introduction: Raspberry Pi Photo Booth / Box
This project is based on the awesome Instructable class about Raspberry Pis. If you haven’t taken it, I strongly suggest checking it out: https://www.instructables.com/class/Raspberry-Pi-C.
The final project in that class is getting a Pi up and running and using the diminutive computer as a photo booth. I actually had a need for one for my boy’s upcoming birthday party so I am using this instructable to show how I built my photo booth as a sci-fi looking box, which I could easily take to a NERF themed birthday party.
For this project I needed the following:
10 mm led lights (blue, red and green) and some 220 ohm resisters.
Some plywood: 3mm and some 3/4 birch
Wood glue and some screws.
Step 1: Cut All the Parts for the Case
I used the laser cutter at my local maker space to cut a a face plate and a back out of the 3mm ply. I cut these to be 13 inches x 19 inches. I then cutout 3 holes for my led above the screen opening. Finally I cut the camera opening (11mm x 11mm) and then a 6 mm hole for the start button.
For the sides I cut them out of the 3/4 ply. The sizes were 6 inches x 19 inches. The top and base were cut from 3/4 and measured 6 inches x 14 inches.
Finally I cut some random sci fi / industrial style trim parts for decor. I just cut these from cut offs and scraps using the 3mm ply.
Step 2: Cut Slots for the Front and Back Panels on the Side Walls
I dropped the table saw blade to be about 1/2 inch high and cut some slots in the sides from top to bottom about a 1/4 inch in from the edge. These groves will receive and hold the front and back panels.
Step 3: Assemble the Box
I test assembled my box. Once I knew everything lined up correctly, I drilled guide holes on the top and bottom panels. I counter bored these so that when I assembled everything for the final fit, I could sink the screw heads flush with the wood.
Step 4: Mount All Components.
I used the mounting hardware with my 7 inch screen to mount it to the panels. I also installed my 6mm push button.
Step 5: Mount the Pi and the Camera
I mounted my Pi and the LED lights. I then ran the camera to the opening. My wiring was a bit of a mess, but this will be a short term project, just being used for 1 day, so I don’t mind.
The steps for all the wiring can be found in the Intro Raspberry Pi class. https://www.instructables.com/class/Raspberry-Pi-C.
I took the liberty of adding a few more status lights that fire off at various stages to indicate what is happening. The coding was straight forward after taking the class.
I drilled an opening in the side of the case so I could run my power supply. I used a 1/2 paddle bit to create that hole.
After everything was mounted I slid the front of the case down into the slots I had cut to receive it.
Step 6: Close Up the Case
I did final assembly on my case and screwed the top on.
Step 7: Add the Decor Trim
I used wood glue and glued on the sci fi themed trim pieces to to the case. This really added a whole new dimension. I tried a few layouts before deciding what I liked. I had also etched a few plates with descriptors of what each led light means.
The final flow is as follows:
User approaches the photo box and the main green button is lit. the press it to begin. The first blue LED begins to flash. As it blinks more rapidly, this indicates the process is about to begin. The screen shows the camera view. The second LED, the green one, lights as a photo is taken, then goes out. It lights 5 times, as 5 pics are taken. The final LED, the red one, then lights up to indicate the images are being processed. The are actually being uploaded to Tumblr in the form of a GIF of the 5 images that were taken.
This was a fun project. Taking the Pi class was a a great way to get my feet wet and it taught me all the programming and hardware related skills I need to get this done. What is really great is that after my kids birthday party, I can pull the Pi and touchscreen out and use it on my next project!
I’ve attached my code from the Pi class which can be modified for your own use.
It’s almost like you can’t go to an event these days without seeing a photo booth. Whether it’s a wedding, an office party, or just a weekend barbecue with family and friends, there seems to be a photo booth.
There are a million different ways to make photo booths, from super expensive RED powered slow-mo booths to 3D photo booths and a vintage selfie booth, and in this weekend project from Make, we’re shown how to make our own touch screen photo booth for very little cost based around a Raspberry Pi.
Using a Raspberry Pi to power a photo booth is not all that new, but usually they’re being used to control a DSLR, offering wi-fi or tethered shooting to a computer for immediate upload to the web or printing.
Using the new Raspberry Pi 3 with built in wi-fi and the latest 8MP Camera Module, we can now keep the whole thing self contained. Sure 8MP isn’t going to give you huge prints, but this is a photo booth. It’s not like most parties are going to be producing masterpieces.
Let’s have a look at the guts of it…
Total price, around $135. You will obviously need to add some kind of USB power supply, or a beefy USB battery if you’re using this at a location without power, and you’ll need a microSD card, but most of us have those laying around already anyway.
As for the case. I intentionally didn’t want to try and price that up as there are so many different ways this can be done depending on how we you want it to look and what materials and technology you have available. Typically, cases are going to either be wooden or 3D printed, and you’ll have to figure that out on your own.
If a 7″ touchscreen monitor isn’t quite big enough for you, you could always go for something a little larger (although it may be more tricky to get to work with the Pi), and if you want to save every penny you can, then there are also some slightly cheaper 7″ touchscreen displays out there, too.
The software can take a little work to set up if you’ve never done anything like this before, but once it’s done and you don’t have to do it again. If the video above feels like it’s going a little too quickly for you, just hit the pause button after each step, or rewind and watch again.
It’s a neat little self-contained solution, and while the costs do add up, it’s still not overly expensive.
I already have a Pi and the touchscreen, so I might have to finally order a Pi camera and give this a go. It’d certainly make it a lot less hassle when people invite me to something and ask “Oh, by the way, can you bring your camera?”.
So, are you finally going to have a go at building up that photo booth you’ve always wanted? What other uses for the Raspberry Pi or Pi Camera Module have you found for your photography? Let us know in the comments.
Staying home doesn’t need to be a drag – make a Raspberry Pi photo booth like this one from Anthony Sabatella on Hackster.io and start a daily/weekly self portrait series!
I told my future wife: “I have almost everything I need to make a photo booth at home, I will do that!”
So here you will find how to make a photo booth for your wedding or another event.
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We love clowning around in a digital photo booth at parties, then sharing the photos online. But who wants to risk a laptop getting doused with margaritas or champagne?
Cheap single-board computers make it easy to roll your own standalone photo booth that can connect to the Internet with no help from your precious PC. Here’s a simple project that’s based on the Raspberry Pi and Pi Camera Module. It’s touchscreen-controlled by partygoers, and it automatically emails your photos (if you wish) and uploads them to Google Photos where anyone with the password can see and share. All the software is open source.
We (me and pals at WyoLum) originally made a Raspberry Pi photo booth to write custom images for E Ink badges at the Open Hardware Summit in 2013, pairing the Pi with our popular AlaMode Arduino-compatible development board. The touchscreen display we used was nice, but expensive. Since then, the official Raspberry Pi Touchscreen has been released, and the new Raspberry Pi Model 3 has integrated Wi-Fi. Perfect for this project!
So we redesigned our OpenSelfie photo booth as the TouchSelfie, and tied it all together with a minimal set of mounting brackets you can 3D print (or laser-cut) to mount the whole thing on a tripod. You can also design and build your own amusing enclosure if you prefer
First you’ll set up the Pi with the right software, then connect all the hardware. I like to use a wireless keyboard for setup, but you can use a wired keyboard, or after initial configuration, you can use SSH.
1. Configure the Pi’s operating system
If this is your first Pi project, follow Raspberry Pi’s Quick Start Guide. You’ll need to download the latest version of Raspbian, the official Linux operating system for Raspberry Pi.
Raspberry Pi Photo Booth
The code for my Raspberry Pi Photo Booth (Version 2)
- Does not work on Raspian Bullseye, due to changes affecting PiCamera. USE AN OLDER VERSION OF RASPIAN INSTEAD (e.g. Buster).
Build a photo booth (see below)
Connect your Pi and PiCamera
Connect a button to the Pi’s GPIO21 and Ground pins.
Install git & pip & pillow (which replaces PIL) apt update && apt install git python-pip python-imaging
Clone the code: git clone https://github.com/jibbius/raspberry_pi_photo_booth.git
Install dependencies: pip install -r requirements.txt
(Or, if you are using python3: python3 -m pip install -r requirements.txt )
- Activate picamera in raspi-config: sudo raspi-config
You must have camera connected to avoid the error: mmal: mmal_vc_component_create: failed to create component ‘vc.ril.camera’ (1:ENOMEM) mmal: mmal_component_create_core: could not create component ‘vc.ril.camera’ (1) Traceback (most recent call last): File “./camera.py”, line 45, in camera = picamera.PiCamera() File “/usr/local/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/picamera/camera.py”, line 431, in __init__ self._init_camera(camera_num, stereo_mode, stereo_decimate) File “/usr/local/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/picamera/camera.py”, line 460, in _init_camera “Camera is not enabled. Try running ‘sudo raspi-config’ ” picamera.exc.PiCameraError: Camera is not enabled. Try running ‘sudo raspi-config’ and ensure that the camera has been enabled.
Run: python ./camera.py
Photos will get saved to photos directory where you can elect to publish them later.
More detailed instructions available on the blog:
I am happy for anyone to submit issues and pull requests.
A special thank you to all those who have submitted issues, and pull requests.
- 2.1 (2018-04-30)
- Allow “get ready” overlay images, to contain transparent sections.
- Previously, when photo resolution was increased an “out of memory” error would occur during playback. Now fixed. (Special thanks: Daniel).
- Config moved to camera-config.yaml , in anticipation of new functionality (“coming soon”).
- 2.0 (2018-04-10)
- Move all config into a separate file.
- Introduce YAML dependency.
- Introduce version history.
- Updated readme with additional installation instructions (Special thanks: ieguiguren).
- 1.2 (2018-02-28)
- Add debounce timer functionality to prevent accidental button presses due to EM interference (Special thanks: Andre).
- 1.1 (2018-01)
- Correction to Python header (Credit: ieguiguren).
- 1.0 (2017-05)
- Initial version.
This code is free to be used and modified in any manner that you would like.
Attribution is encouraged, but not required.
pip install pibooth Copy PIP instructions
Released: Apr 6, 2022
A photo booth application in pure Python for the Raspberry Pi.
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License: MIT License (MIT license)
Author: Vincent Verdeil, Antoine Rousseaux
Tags Raspberry Pi, camera, photobooth
Requires: Python >=3.6
- Development Status
- 5 – Production/Stable
- Other Environment
- Intended Audience
- End Users/Desktop
- OSI Approved :: MIT License
- Natural Language
- Operating System
- POSIX :: Linux
- Programming Language
- Python :: 3.6
- Python :: 3.7
- Python :: 3.8
- Python :: 3.9
- Multimedia :: Graphics :: Capture :: Digital Camera
The pibooth project provides a photobooth application out-of-the-box in pure Python for Raspberry Pi. Have a look to the wiki to discover some realizations from GitHub users, and don’t hesitate to send us photos of your version.
- Interface available in Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, Hungarian, Norwegian and Spanish (customizable)
- Capture from 1 to 4 photos and concatenate them in a final picture
- Support all cameras compatible with gPhoto2, OpenCV and Raspberry Pi
- Support for hardware buttons and lamps on Raspberry Pi GPIO
- Fully driven from hardware buttons / keyboard / mouse / touchscreen
- Auto-start at the Raspberry Pi startup
- Animate captures from the last sequence during idle time
- Store final pictures and the individual captures
- Printing final pictures using CUPS server (printing queue indication)
- Custom texts can be added on the final picture (customizable fonts, colors, alignments)
- Custom background(s) and overlay(s) can be added on the final picture
- All settings available in a configuration file (most common options in a graphical interface)
- Highly customizable thanks to its plugin system, you can develop your own plugin
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License: MIT License (MIT license)
Author: Vincent Verdeil, Antoine Rousseaux
i’d like to create a photo booth using a raspberry pi and the announced camera module. i want to build a case with the pi, the camera module, a small (touch-)screen and a printer in it.
i’d like to write a java program that takes 4 pictures (maybe live stream of the camera) in a row after pushing a button. afterwards it should display the pictures and send them to the printer.
is this possible? do java programs run on the pi? is it fast enough? and is it easy to communicate with the camera and the printer using java? do you know when the camera module is released?
thanks in advance,
Re: photo booth using camera module and java?
I think this is entirely doable. I’m looking into a similar project using a HD Webcam or DSLR.
A workmate uses some very impressive 10W White LEDs for his own projects, and I would fire these via GPIO (then a nice large FET!).
Apparently JAVA does work;
http://www.raspberrypi.org/phpBB3/searc . words=java
Not tried this – but last time I coded in Java was for Web Applets, years ago.
I will be personally looking to Python which I have very little experience of – but “it can’t be *that* hard?” lol.
Depending how you’re processing images, this may be fast if there is a JIT compiler for the Pi.
If you’re not sure where to start (ie a novice at Java), Python may still be a good candiate – the GPIO is supported and there appears to be quite a few image add-ons.
I’m also interested in OpenCV, and the possibility of adding virtual props through face tracking..
The key point with all webcams will be subject illumination, so be prepared to add some kind of lighting for your subject.
The PI has some Digital Inputs and Outputs (GPIO) and this looks simple to interface to, or if you’re less technical, using the Gertboard;
Looks to be a great tool for getting things running.
A DSLR will cost much more, but have good control over the built-in flash, or off-camera flash. I did find a good opensource project for communicating with Digital Cameras via USB;
I don’t know how “pi compatible” this will be- but it does look promising for this kind of thing.
During the Weekend, I’m a Wedding DJ and so see many Booths at the events I attend. Most take more time to set-up than my full rig (DMXed moving heads etc).
The fee is fairly good for these booths, and so I’m hoping to develop my own system that can be bundled or dry-hired.
Re: photo booth using camera module and java?
This would be an excellent Pi project. Those photo booths that they rent out at weddings are super expensive!
It would be simple enough for the Pi to interface with a webcam or digital camera, take a few pictures, then store them to an attached USB stick or SD card, or upload them to your social photo sharing site of choice. Package that with a nice touchscreen interface and a green screen backdrop, and you’d have something that people would happily pay for.
Re: photo booth using camera module and java?
This would be an excellent Pi project. Those photo booths that they rent out at weddings are super expensive!
It would be simple enough for the Pi to interface with a webcam or digital camera, take a few pictures, then store them to an attached USB stick or SD card, or upload them to your social photo sharing site of choice. Package that with a nice touchscreen interface and a green screen backdrop, and you’d have something that people would happily pay for.
Having been at many Weddings as a DJ, I truly believe in the KISS approach here. Many (in the UK) are drunk during the evening celebrations, and providing a touchscreen would add a bit more complication that I would want.
I’m actually thinking of illuminated push-buttons (AKA in Arcade games). These are tough, easliy replaceable and proven from years of abuse
Wifi/3G comms would be possible, but some venues have very poor signal, and the longer term plan is to print to an attached (or embedded in the chassis) sub-dye printer, archiving the original pictures for posting on CD to the client (or automated uploading to a gallery).
My wife is a Photographer and we’ve got the Chroma (green and blue) background, but this does need careful illumination to get right – again, more stuff to trip over and set-up.
This would probably need a DLSR with a few off-camera flashes (we’ve got lots of this kit). So, its not really what I’m aiming for. Ultimately, I’d like an unattended system – drop and go, and possibly leading to dry-hire.
Anyway. first step- I’ve got a cheapo webcam (as a starting point) a Logitech C270, this appears to work ok on uvccapture. now off to play with OpenCV and Python..
Re: photo booth using camera module and java?
thank you for your comments! i did some research and now think that doing it with python and opencv is the easiest solution. i started reading a python tutorial. i already have a short program that takes 4 pictures, adds them to a photo strip and opens it. but the code is ugly i don’t want to share it yet. i also have to learn some electronics since i want to use the gpio to light some led lights. but first, i have to wait for the release of the camera module.
what’s the best gui framework for the pi? i want one window with probably a background image, maybe some buttons and the frame with the live stream from webcam. when the photo booth isn’t in use, some pictures made with the photo booth should be displayed. and is there a gui designer?
This is a project to make a home “photo booth” using a Raspberry Pi. Anytime somebody on the Pi’s network goes to a website, the Pi snaps a photo and displays it on the website.
How does it work?
The Pi uses Flask to run a simple Python web-server on the local network. Anytime another device on the network makes a GET request to the Pi’s interanl IP address with the correct port, the Pi snaps a photo and serves it as a response. Additionally, the Pi saves all of the photos it takes.
- Download and install Raspbian Jessie with Pixel to your Pi
- Connect your Pi to your network with an Ethernet cable and power it up
- Find out your Pi’s internal IP address (I like using Fing mobile app)
- Fing for Android
- Fing for iOS
- (Optional) SSH into your Pi from another computer on the network for the following steps
- Log into your pi. If you are booted to the GUI, open up Terminal
- Configure your pi, sudo raspi-config . You may have to dig around for some of the options below
- Boot to CLI by default
- Enable camera
- Expand file system
- Change password
- Restart your pi, sudo reboot
- Install Flask, sudo pip install Flask
- Get the code, git clone https://github.com/alexcrist/photo-booth.git
- Enter the code’s folder, cd photo-booth
- Make a folder to store the photos, mkdir photos (Note: exact name is important)
- Edit app.py to use your Pi’s internal IP address
- nano app.py
- Change host=’10.0.0.22′ on line 18 to be host=’YOUR PI’S INTERNAL IP ADDRESS’
- Save the file, Ctrl-X -> y
- Give app.py permissions, sudo chmod app.py 755 (Note: I’m actually not sure if you need to do this)
- Run app.py , python app.py
- Your photo booth is now running! Try going to http://PI_IP_ADDRESS:2222 from another device on the network
- Verify set up steps actually work
- Add some photos
- Add instructions on how to run app.py on boot using crontabs
- Modify app.py to automatically get the pi’s internal IP address
A home photo booth project using a Rapsberry Pi and a web server
When I created a photobooth with the netbook to take pictures at my wedding, I needed to carry the netbook as well as all the camera equipment on the overseas flight to Poland. I had minimized it as much as I could, but it was still a lot to travel with. I wanted to try and do something similar but go much smaller and use a Raspberry Pi instead of the netbook to eliminate as much of the weight as I could. This post explains how I was able to do it.
The hardware is a Raspberry Pi with a custom PCB that lays on top of the GPIO header like an Arduino “shield”. The board allows me to interface the RPi with the 315mhz reciever. Since the output from the receiver is 5v and the RPi can only take 3v input, I used opto-isolators to separate the RPi from the receiver.
The black case is a 3D printed design that was made to fit the custom board but had holes for all of the Raspberry Pi inputs and outputs. I measured so the RPi would fit snugly. On top of the Raspberry Pi GPIO header I have a quick and dirty PCB that has leftover Arduino headers into a plain Radioshack protoboard. The PCB is just made up of lines of solder that have leftover resistor legs that run the length of each trace. I like doing this way so that I can quickly rework the design as necessary.
The photo on the right above show the entire hardware needed: a camera, 4 button controller and the black case containing the Raspberry Pi and custom board. the only other required item (not shown) is an HDMI compatible monitor or tv.
|Custom GPIO protoboard for connecting the RPi to the 315mhz receiver|
On the Raspberry Pi I am running a PyGame app I wrote in Python that uses the Gphoto2 library for communicating with the camera. The Gphoto2 library uses simple terminal commands to do basic functions on a camera and has a long list of cameras that it can control. The PyGame app is just listening for button presses and updating the screen with the preview image coming from the camera.
The software is started from terminal, and can easily be started on boot. It starts and loads the images for the slideshow, showing the loading progression of all the .JPG files in the directory. When they are all loaded it gives you a message and the main loop starts. While it is running it is continuously loading the preview image that comes out of the camera (after a gphoto2 command). It is small and lower resolution, but enough to show what the camera can see.
To grab the preview image I am calling this gphoto2 command:
gphoto2 –capture-preview –filename preview.jpg –force-overwrite
In the main loop the Photobooth flips between the images, and listens for button press events to come from the 315mhz transmitter. There are four button on the controller: A, B, C, and D. They preform the following functions:
A. takes a picture and load to the screen.
B. show the last image taken by the camera
C. show previous image (in slideshow)
D. show next image (in slideshow)
To take a high definition image using the camera and load it into the Pygame app I am calling this gphoto2 command:
gphoto2 –capture-image-and-download –filename images/
with the being unique each time with a time-stamp. The actual format I used for the image name looks like this: “capture2014-04-24_01_21_11.jpg” (with date/timestamp).
The Pygame app actually makes the call and continues looping until the image appears in the folder before attempting to display the image. This ensures that the execution doesn’t block the listening functions of the main loop. Since the RPi is somewhat lower powered, I needed to write as much of the app as I could in a non-blocking manner.
When any of these buttons are pressed a message is showing on screen that gives the user feedback. After a picture is taken and displayed, the device attempts and asynchronous upload of the image to Google Drive. I made sure to separate the upload process and make sure the Photobooth is working in a separate thread, again so its not waiting. The posting to Google Drive seems to auto-post to my Google Plus stream as well, which is a bonus.
My variation on their example code that allows for storage of the credentials for future use, and setting of a specific folder:
needs to be executed like this (when used alone):
sudo python upload.py document.txt
3D Print the Plastic Case
I designed a simple case that compression locks together. Here are the files so that you can print the STL’s directly, or modify the SKP (SketchUp design file) to fit your needs. I have an Up Plus 2 Printer that prints very precisely, you may need to adjust your tolerances to fit the quality of the printer you are using. My design files are completely open, use them however you wish and feel free to edit them.
Other Important Documentation:
There are several steps to getting the Raspberry Pi ready to run the Pygame app that I wrote. My post assumes you have the latest version of Raspbian installed and will require you go though (at minimum) the following steps:
sudo apt-get install gphoto2
Controls the camera over USB
Update Gphoto2 to the latest version (currently 2.5.2)
or use these commands in terminal:
sudo apt-get install git
git clone http://github.com/adafruit/Adafruit-Raspberry-Pi-Python-Code.git
Install the Python GPIO libraries for accessing the pins in python
sudo apt-get install python-dev
sudo apt-get install python-rpi.gpio
sudo apt-get install pygame
Pygame is the interface for the visuals as the app is running.
Please feel free to leave me questions or comments if you are trying anything similar. I would be happy to help with what I have learned so far. If you have a project that uses any of the info that I included please send me a link!
The Raspberry Pi photo frame is a perfect setup for anyone who wants to display photos of their loved ones, memories or anything else might want to display.
This photo frame is a pretty straightforward project and shouldn’t take you too long to set up. You will need the full version of Raspbian installed as we make use of the graphical user interface (GUI).
I pretty much only cover the software side of things in this tutorial there are some pretty cool frame designs out there if you want to extend this further.
The digital photo frame we make is very basic and can be kept completely offline. Connecting to services such as Google Drive and Flickr will require a lot more work.
The equipment that you will need for this digital photo frame is listed below.
- Raspberry Pi
- Micro SD Card (8 GB+ Recommended)
- Ethernet Cable or Wi-Fi
- External Hard Drive or USB Drive
- Touch Screen or LCD screen
- Raspberry Pi Case
- USB Keyboard
- USB Mouse
If you want to see a video on how to do this tutorial, then be sure to check out the one below.
I go through everything you need to know about getting this project working.
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For this project, I am just using the official Raspberry Pi touchscreen that I purchased earlier this year. However, you can use pretty much any screen that you can get your hands on. Just make sure you can hook it up to the Pi either over the DSI port, HDMI port or using a custom HAT.
If you’re looking for some 3D printable frames for either the official touch screen or just a spare screen you have, then Thingiverse has some pretty cool designs. You can find them over at Thingiverse.com.
Setting Up the Raspberry Pi Photo Frame Software
To get this all setup correctly we are going to need to do a bit of setup on the software side of things.
Firstly, we want to prevent the screen from going blank. It is a power saving setting on the Pi.
1. To turn off screen blanking, open up the lightdm.conf file in the nano text editor.
2. Now in here add the following line anywhere beneath the [SeatsDefaults] line.
3. Save & exit by pressing CTRL + X and then Y .
4. Now reboot the Pi, and the screen should no longer switch off after 10 minutes of inactivity. To reboot simply run the following:
If you want to be able to drag and drop your images onto the Pi, you may want to look at setting up a network attached storage. Will allow you to set up a folder that is available on your local network. If you’re in doing such a thing, then my guide on a Raspberry Pi Samba server will take you through all the necessary steps.
I also highly recommend that you setup SSH so you will have remote access when the slideshow is in action. There is no easy way to exit the slideshow unless you turn the device on and off and don’t have it automatically starting.
To set up our slideshow, we’re going to use the feh package. Feh is image viewer and cataloguer. It is a fast image viewer that doesn’t get bogged down with huge GUI dependencies. I chose this as it was the most lightweight package that worked without any huge complications.
1. To install the package, use the following line:
2. Now to test that it works enter the following line. Replace /media/NASHDD1/test with the directory that contains all your image.
3. Now we can use short tags to make this command a lot shorter. You can read more about all the flags you can use over at the feh manual page.
4. Now as you will notice this locks up the command line bar. To fix this, add the & after the command and the script/process will launch in the background.
5. So now let’s store this in a simple script file. This way you can add or change it later. To make the file enter the following command.
6. In here, enter the following lines.
7. Now that’s done you can test it by running the following command.
8. Finally, let’s have it start at boot. Now it is important that you have SSH enabled so you can access the Pi remotely as you will lose access to the GUI/Screen. So make sure you have done this before setting it to launch at boot up.
9. To do this open up the rc.local file by entering the following command.
10. Add the following before the exit 0 line in this folder.
11. If you ever need to kill the process as you may want to be able to access the desktop, simply enter the following line.
You should now have your very own slideshow of pictures going. If you end up with any troubles, then double check all the steps and look for any errors. If you’re still having trouble, then be sure to seek help in the comments section below.
I hope you have been able to get your Raspberry Pi photo frame working correctly. If you have any trouble or have an extension that you would like to share, then be sure to leave a comment. As always if you like my stuff be sure to follow Pi My Life Up on any major social network.
This GIF Photobooth sparks creativity, as you can encourage the guests to let loose, show their talent, have fun and you all can enjoy and make your day special. GIF has no sound and is low-quality, but give us joy. GIFs can add nostalgia and humor to your experience. GIF also nowadays are trending. Just press the button and do your thing.
What is a GIF Photobooth?
They don’t have sound but vibes and give us a lot of joy. According to Wikipedia, a Photobooth is a modern kiosk that contains an automated, usually coin-operated, camera and film processor. And a GIF photo booth creates a fun-filled, moving image. It can take looping pictures or short videos called boomerangs.
So, if you want your special day to more fun-filled and interesting. Then you must hire/book the GIF photo booth services for you and your guests. But if you are looking to make it by yourself then I can help you with that too. As I’m here with the do it yourself steps. So, here is the way to create a GIF Photobooth in 5 steps:
1) Try and find a beautiful set up for your Photobooth
Arrange and decorate the place as per the party theme. It could be anywhere in your garden area, dance floor, or anywhere in the front where people could easily find out. Also, focus on the backdrop. Remember your photos will look better when you beautify your backdrop to an extent that it adds more color and liveliness to the Photobooth. You may add lightening items that provide lots of natural light or request lighting to be provided by your photographer. You may light up lamps, candles, balloons, ribbons for decoration.
Now you have to get your GIF Photobooth prop ready. The props may include hat, ribbons, and glasses anything that your guests may like. You may also purchase it from amazon.
2) Material Requirements
The material you require for making your own Photobooth include:
- starter kit,
- thumb drive,
- LCD screen,
- HDMI cable,
- USB extension port,
- power adapter,
- power jacks,
- aluminum bars,
- and tripod.
You will have to cut the acrylic through laser cut it would be easy. Line up the aluminum bars along the top and bottom edge of the panel. Drill all the center markings with #7 drill bits. Thread the holes perpendicular to one of the sides with three holes on it. Now you can attach the back panel to the aluminum bars. Thread the four holes on the acrylic back panel. Now you can mount the LCD screen to the center of the back panel. After that line up 1/4″ front plate on the top the assembly. You can now mark the three equally spaced mounting holes on the front panel onto the aluminum bar with a transfer punch. Free the aluminum bar from the acrylic panels. You have to drill the new markings on the aluminum bar with a #35 drill bit. And thread them using a drill bit. Make sure countersunk holes are facing down. Just line up the aluminum bars with the mounting holes and fasten them in place. Peel the coating of the back panel. Now you can mount the electronics. Mount the power jack, and USB jack. Attach the power convertor with bolts, Raspberry Pi to the back panel. Plug cables, connect the jack. Wire plug, a power jack, connect USB plug. Mount the camera, attach back panel. Peel the cover. Attach switches. Plugin everything. Now you are almost ready.
After that, just set up the tripod stand. Add the fabric. After that, you can slide tripod legs into the pockets of fabrics. Attach the monitor, slid into the hole and tightened the lock. Touch the screen to start.
4) Here goes the Pouts
Now simply stand in front of a monitor and strike some of the 3- 4 best poses, and your images are looped together to create animated graphics. You can even go unconventional and capture 7-8 shots to create a small video or long photobooth for promotional purposes. Leverage the best of pictures using GIF photobooths to promote your business over social media and blogs.
5) Editing Online
You even can choose to print image photo collage, email it or share GIFs instantly online through your social media accounts.
With the use of good LED light and beautiful design you can ensure it enhances the appearance in the videos. GIF photo booth is easy to make. It is a new concept in Social events in the field of photography. So, it’s the right time to say our goodbyes to still photography and say hello to an animated GIF photo booth. Because of its shareable link through text, email, and social media, it makes it easier to work with. Simply sign up, set up, and invite others to the event by importing your guest list. It can simply play with your minds and can bring out the best in you. Just click it, print it and share it, isn’t it’s great.
However there are some online tools even that can help in making online Photobooth. The following software that are standalone photo booth template makers or have the built in functionality that allows you to create photo booth templates:
- Darkroom booth
The above mentioned online Photobooth maker is most beautiful and easiest to use photo booth software available. Well from my experience I would suggest you to go for dslrBooth, if the online photo booth template maker is your highest priority. So, if you are not having any graphic experience. No problem, you can jump in right away and start making photo booth templates directly from the photo booth software.
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Design technologist Roo Williams was recently tasked with creating a better way to capture corporate employee headshots. What he came up with is a Raspberry Pi-powered mobile photo booth that’s controlled entirely through the subject’s smartphone through a special website. He calls it the “Pi-Booth.”
Instead of adding a keyboard or a touchscreen to the booth for the subject to enter their personal information for company records, Williams decided to put all the system controls in a website that people can visit and use through their phones.
“There is something quite fun about pressing a digital button on a smartphone and getting physical feedback (in the form of the flash),” Williams writes. “Smartphone as democratic remote control still fascinates me.”
After a subject presses the “shutter button” on the website with their phone, the photo booth will flash, snap a photo, and display the resulting image on the phone and the booth’s screen.
The user can therefore use the booth to update their official company portrait at any time they wish.
Here’s a short video showing how the system works:
You can find more technical details of this DIY photo booth over on Williams’ Github page.
Image credits: Photographs by Roo Williams
At a family event just shy of a year ago I wanted to set up a slideshow (two in fact) to run continuously. The event was outdoors and leaving two laptops exposed to the elements for an extended period of time was obviously not very appealing. So instead a couple of Raspberry Pis together with the feh image viewer proved to be the perfect fit.
These instructions assume a fresh install of Raspbian using either the official Raspbian imager or by using the NOOBS installer.
- Pi: Raspberry Pi 3
- OS: Raspbian 9 (Stretch)
- Desktop: LXDE
Feh Installation and Test
The first step is to install the feh program. Raspbian uses the APT package management so installation is as simple as:
Next, in order to run feh in the way we want, enter the following command in the terminal:
The command line switches are for the most part self-explanatory. The idea is to give feh a directory containing pictures you’ve copied to the Pi and then have it cycle through them randomly, displaying each for six seconds. Other options are documented in the man pages if you’d like to customize the usage.
To exit the slideshow press the Esc key.
Disabling Screen Blanking
By default the screen will blank after a few minutes of mouse and keyboard inactivity. In order to disable the screen blanking we’ll need to modify the lightdm.conf file:
and add the following line under the [Seat:*] section:
Auto-Start Slideshow On Boot
To have the slideshow automatically start on boot, first create a small shell script file to hold the feh command:
and paste the following:
Be sure to make the new shell script executable:
And finally add it to the pi user’s LXDE autostart file:
When you reboot your Raspberry Pi it should now automatically start the slideshow.
To exit the slideshow, hit the Esc key and you will see the normal LXDE desktop.
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Jul 12, 2017 • Jack Barker
Multi-part blog post
This article is ‘Part 5’ of my How to build a Photo Booth series:
- Part 1: Listing out the requirements
- Part 2: Getting started with Pi and PiCamera
- Part 3: Building the Booth
- Part 4: Wiring up the circuit
- Part 5: The code(this post)
- Part 6: Fine-tuning
- Part 7: Photo day!
- Part 8: Post-production
I’ll be writing the remaining articles for this series in the coming days and weeks.
Overview of Part 5
Part 5 of this series is all about the code, and optimising the performance of our Pi.
If you’ve followed all the previous parts of this series, then so far, you’ll have:
- A Raspberry Pi, running Raspian (or an OS of your choice, as described within Part 2)
- The Pi will also be connected to following components;
- An arcade button, connected across GPIO21 and Ground.
- A camera module (i.e. PiCamera)
- An LED screen
- (Presumably, all of these components will now all be housed in a photo booth enclosure also)
For the remaining steps we can either;
- Connect a mouse and keyboard to the Pi, or
- We can remotely connect to the Raspberry Pi (via the steps described in Part 2).
Connecting to the Pi remotely has the advantage of giving you a larger screen, and is the approach I would recommend.
Downloading the code
As we did in Part 2, open your terminal application on the Pi, and enter the following commands:
The above will create a new directory ( /home/pi/photo-booth/ ), and then download the Raspberry Pi Photo Booth code, for you to use.
Downloading the code with ‘git clone’
Installing prerequisite packages
The code relies upon some additional Python libraries being downloaded also. We can download these from the terminal:
Getting the code to run
Now that the code has downloaded, we can open up Python and run the Photo Booth code.
One method of doing this, is opening the Applications menu, and selecting Programming then Python 3 (IDLE) .
- My code is also compatible with Python 2 , but Python 3 is currently recommended.
Locating the Python 3 GUI in Raspian
Within the Python GUI, you can then the code we downloaded via File > Open .
Within /home/pi/photo-booth , locate and open camera.py :
We can then run the code via File > Run Module :
Examining the code
Looking under the hood
In case you are curious, why not have a look at the code within the python file camera.py ? I’ll try to explain the various parts as they appear in the file.
We start off with the file header, which tells us that this is an app written in the Python programming language:
Then we have our import statements. These statements used to include some specific Python libraries into our app:
These libraries provide simple mechanisms for dealing with images, timestamps, the Pi’s GPIO pins, and other complex features. This means our code doesn’t need to consider all of the intricacies that are associated with such things, and that saves us a bunch of time.
Further down the file, are a set of variables that will be used by our code:
Update (April 2018):
- The photo booth is now version 2.
- The Configurable options are now defined within config.yaml instead (otherwise, the behaviour is the same).
You can modify any of the values above to adjust the behaviour of the photo booth.
Additional configuration applies when initialising the camera:
Per the above, my camera is mounted with a rotation of 270°, but if your camera is mounted at a different angle then you will need to adjust this value.
The main loop
After defining our configuration options, there is a number of “helper functions” defined. It’s not super important to understand how these work.
Finally, the file defines the main function, which is effectively the “start” of the program.
The first bit loads up some “intro” images, which we alternate between whilst waiting for a user to push the button:
The logic for alternating between the images looks like this:
Once the button is pressed, we:
- Generate a filename for our images (which is based on the current date + time).
- We are going to take 4 photos, and for each photo there is a “prep for photo” screen.
- Taking all four photos, we display a “playback” animation, of each photo.
- After the playback animation, the app restarts at the beginning (waiting for the button to be pressed again)
The photo booth app has more lines of code than makes sense to explore within this blog post. However, if you’ve followed along this far, feel free to explore these functions further.
(And if you’re feeling super excited, perhaps you might even want to code up some additional features of your own?).
For the next article in this series, I’ll be talking about further optimisations to our Photo Booth’s software, namely:
- Replacing the app’s stock images with your own custom ones,
- Running the photo booth code as soon as the Pi starts up.
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Raspberry Pi’s are the best low cost device to come in recent times. This tiny (single board) computer, developed in the UK by the Raspberry Pi foundation makes learning programming easy for both children and adults.
They were designed to promote the teaching of basic computer science in schools and in developing countries. We have seen an uprise in the use of them in Malta like MCAST adding them to a syllabus for the software and multimedia course.
The possibilities are endless when it comes to what you can create with the Raspberry Pi, and we were blown away by the creativity of some makers at the First Ever Raspberry Pi Jam in Malta organised by Easypeasycoding at the Vintage Computer Club Malta’s facilities.
Here are a few examples of what can be done with Raspberry Pi:
1. A €150 pi-top ceed computer based on the single board Raspberry pi
The Operating System of the Raspberry Pi is Linux based and can carry out most of the tasks you can perform on any normal pc. the OS is saved on an SD card. To enhance the learning experience, these colour coded keyboards with upper and lower case on each key makes learning fun and is great for students with dyslexia. They even put attention to learning in the mouse, colour coding the clickers and referring to them by colour when teaching.
2. Octopus cam
A 5 megapixel camera that can be connected to another source via Wi-Fi or can be used to save footage on an SD card.
3. Raspberry Pi turned radio: Pi Zero
With this easy to make device, you will be able to listen internet-connected radio with the Pirate Radio Kit.
4. Digital music kits
Become the best finger drummer ever by attaching a tiny digital touch pad that will act as your drum and your fingers the drumsticks. Yes, you can make amazing music with a less than €50 computer creating instrumentals with these devices.
5. Classic arcade game center
Get back into the classic arcade games with the Raspberry Pi. Install classic games to your SD card and you’re good to go! You can even attach old-school style controllers, for the full experience!
6. Twitter connected Photo Booth
A fun, simple photo booth that takes a multiple photos with the click of a button. The photo booth was programmed in a way that it auto-posts the photos taken to Twitter.
7. Astro Pi
Astro Pi is an event we want all parents and educators to know about. Aboard the International Space Station are two specially equipped Raspberry Pi computers, called Astro Pis. They are there to run code written by children and teenagers.
Each Astro Pi has a camera, an LED display, buttons, and a joystick. They also have a range of environmental sensors: a gyroscope, a magnetometer, an accelerometer, and sensors measuring humidity, pressure, and temperature. Each year, students aged up to 19 from across Europe and beyond, are challenged to write code for astronauts to run on the Astro Pis. Learn about the program here.
The vintage computer club has many plans for the future, and aims to develop the premises into the premier geek hub in Malta. They are currently looking for funding to improve facilities and add additional services for coders and makers of all skill levels. ‘
Get in touch with the Vintage Computer Club if you’re interested in backing this cause.
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I have a Python application that is used exclusively on RaspberryPi’s (RPi 2/3/zero) due to its GPIOs and other hardware interfaces. I would like to automate the build of finished SD card images based on Raspbian so that I and new users can quickly deploy the changes.
There are several options out there and I would like to ask which ones can be recommended to be used. Metrics that are important include:
- Ease of use
- Integration into automated build systems and version control
- Size of community
- Difficulty of integrating custom software
- Customizability of final image (users, ssh keys, installed packages)
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I would investigate Ansible. “Ansible delivers simple IT automation that ends repetitive tasks and frees up DevOps teams for more strategic work.” (Ansible Website).
While it is used extensively to manage infrastructure, it can also be used to manage (automate) development processes and meta-infrastructure. You create the model of your ideal development and deployment processes via roles and playbooks, add variables to templates, package and deliver your image. Then it is all about providing the customer/client with the content and playbooks to be run from their control machine in their infrastructure environment.
Ease of use is subjective; therefore, I venture the following. The files Ansible uses to control behaviour are YAML based. YAML is easily understandable by both technical and administrative staff making the ramp to organizational fluency cost effective.
Integration with other systems is one of Ansible’s strong points. There are hundreds of modules that come ready to use out of the box. You can customize any module, derive new functionality, or develop your own modules that specifically meet the needs of your team and/or the requirements of your customer.
Size of community is again a strong point for Ansible. It is a well supported open source product surrounded and uplifted by commercial tools. Some well respected companies are invested in Ansible’s support. You determine the appropriate level of product engagement and you can be assured there is a robust community ready to help (see for yourself in the devops, unix, server fault and stack overflow SE communities).
Difficulty of integrating custom software is similar to Ease of use in that it is subjective (but also relative to demand). I posit that a tools ability to scale in capability comes at the cost of complexity. The more you demand from Ansible, the more it will surprise you with capability; however, you will have moments where you don’t know what you don’t know followed by epiphanous joy as you discover yet another solution under the hood.
Customizability is Ansible’s bailiwick. You can use what ever tools you prefer to do the dirty work and have Ansible manage the flow from process to process (avoiding inter-process fumbles often associated with manual hand-offs).
There are other DevOps support tools, I believe Ansible is well worth your time to investigate. I don’t wish to drone on about it’s features and capability when their website is far better and delivering the level of information you need.
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Do you want to make Raspberry Pi boot from USB flash drives and USB SSDs? This will speed up the system and offers other advantages. In this post, MiniTool Partition Wizard tells you which Raspberry Pi models are worth upgrading to SSD and how to do that.
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- Why to Make Raspberry Pi Boot from USB Drives and SSD?
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Why to Make Raspberry Pi Boot from USB Drives and SSD?
Raspberry Pi is a single-chip computer based on Linux. It mainly uses SD card or TF card as storage media. It is equipped with USB interface, HDMI video output (support sound output), RCA terminal output, and built-in Ethernet/WLAN/ Bluetooth network connection.
Some people may want to make the Raspberry Pi boot from USB and SSD. The possible reasons are as follows:
- The SD card storage is small while USB drives have larger storage.
- USB drives are faster than SD cards. At the time I write this post, the fastest SD card on the market is UHS-II SD card (312 MB/s) while the most popular USB drive on the market is USB 3 drive (500 MB/s).
- SD card is easier to be broken than USB drives.
- SD card is good at sequential reading and writing, which makes it do well in file transferring and photo shooting. SSD is good at random reading and writing, which makes it do well in system and software running. Some speed up system, many people like to use Raspberry Pi SSD.
Many people like to upgrade to Raspberry Pi SSDs rather than USB flash drives. The reason is that flash drives are slower than SSDs because of the differences of master controller. To use Raspberry Pi SSD, you should buy an external SSD or you can buy a common SSD and use a USB adapter to connect the SSD to the USB port.
This post lists 5 Raspberry Pi alternatives. If you want to find a good SBC product other than Raspberry Pi, you can try them.
How to Make Raspberry Pi Boot from USB Drives and SSD?
Many Raspberry Pi models offer USB ports, but so far, only Raspberry Pi 4 offers USB 3 ports. In my opinion, only USB 3 ports are worth upgrading to SSD, because the speed of USB 2 ports (60 MB/s) is very slow.
As for how to make Raspberry Pi boot from USB SSD, please refer to the following steps:
Step 1: Make sure the Raspberry Pi OS version is 2020-08-20 or newer. To update the OS and firmware, you can use the following commands:
- sudo apt update
- sudo apt full-upgrade
- sudo rpi-update
Step 2: Reboot Raspberry Pi. Then, you need to update bootloader EEPROM if you are using Raspberry Pi 4B. The reason is that the Raspberry Pi needs bootloader dated Sep 3 2020 or later to enable USB mass storage boot. But if your Raspberry Pi 4B was manufactured earlier, its bootloader may be very old. You can use the following command to update the bootloader:
- sudo rpi-eeprom-update -d -a
What is the suitable Raspberry Pi SD card format? Yes, FAT. This post shows you how to format 64GB SD card to FAT32 easily.
Step 3: Reboot Raspberry Pi again and enable the USB mass storage boot support. You can refer to the following steps:
- Use command “sudo raspi-config” to launch raspi-config.
- In the raspi-config tool, navigate to Boot Options>Boot ROM Version>Latest, and then choose OK. (Use up and down arrow keys and the Enter key to do these operations)
- In the next window, select No when it asks whether to reset boot ROM to default.
- Select Boot Order >USB Boot and choose OK.
- Select Finish, and then select No when it asks whether to reboot now.
Step 4: Image the Raspberry Pi OS to USB SSD and then boot up Raspberry Pi from the USB SSD.
- Connect the USB drive or the USB SSD to the Raspberry Pi.
- Launch the Raspberry Pi built-in software SD Card Copierfrom the Accessories section of the Start menu.
- Select the Copy From Device(micro SD card) and the Copy To Device (the USB SSD). Then, click Start button to copy the files across.
- After the copying process is completed, shut down the Raspberry Pi, remove the microSD card, and then power up the Raspberry Pi. This time it will boot from the USB SSD or Flash drive.
This article helps users to figure out the possible reasons for Raspberry Pi not booting. Besides, some solutions to the annoying problem are also displayed.
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For my sisters’ wedding in 2019, I wanted to create an opportunity for the guests to take group pictures and have something to take home with them.
I came up with this compact photo booth. It was developed in a user-centered process, and is designed to be easy to use both for the operator and the end user.
The users simply need to press a button and they are automatically guided through the process of taking a picture. When a picture is taken, it is automatically printed on a roll of thermal receipt paper including a number which allows the user to grab the picture from the website after the event.
Using thermal paper makes operating the photo booth very inexpensive, which means it can be left unattended for the entire night.
The portable photo booth is powered by a raspberry pi which runs a python-based backend
software and a browser with a web-based frontend
written in Vue.js.
In the top compartment, there is a Nikon DSLR and two battery-powered flashes for perfect illumination.
Strike a pose!
There is a part of the night at almost every wedding, when the professional photographer has packed up, the heels and the bow ties have come off, and it’s time to let your hair down. And now that disposable cameras are a thing of the past, a photo booth is the perfect way to capture all the candid wildness of your wedding night; your granny in a pink wig, your BFF snogging your brother, and (pandemic restrictions pending!) 30 of your first cousins crammed into a single shot!
While there are companies who specialise in photo booths (those old timey ones from movies!), you can also make a DIY photo booth of your own, without too much time, expense or effort. To make it even easier, we’ve put together a list of what you need for a DIY photo booth.
1. A Space
Your photo booth should be located somewhere close to the action, so your guests don’t have to work too hard to find it. That said, if you can, try to have it in an alcove, around a corner, or small room (we’ve seen them in caravans too!) out of sight of most of your party. The guests taking their shots will tend to be less self-conscious with the props and the selfie stick if they don’t think everyone’s watching!
2. A Photo Booth Camera
There are a few different options for a DIY photo booth camera, you can use one of these on their own, or in conjunction with a photo booth app and printer.
- You can have a good quality camera on a tripod with a remote control to take the photos. Most camera brands will have one to suit your camera, but you will need to delegate someone to ensure the camera is on the right settings and check on it from time to time.
- A phone on a selfie stick or an tablet in a stand – basic, simple, but it can do the trick!
- A Polaroid-style camera is perhaps the most popular option. These cameras are quite affordable and hardy, plus they print photos straight away, giving you the authentic photo booth experience. The film for these cameras is expensive though, and if people get snap happy, you’ll go through a lot.
- Hire a photo booth camera – there are open photo booth set-ups that you can hire, selfie cameras with flashes that take ultra flattering shots and an instant printer. You’ll still get the DIY feel though as it won’t be staffed, and you can still create your own backdrop and props.
3. Some Photo Booth Instructions
The instructions will obviously depend on the camera and the set-up you have, but ensure you have a sign with some basic instructions of what you want your guests to do. Make it really simple for less technically-inclined guests or those who’ve had a few bevvies!
If you want your guests to stick their pictures in a guest book, leave the book close by, with some Prit Stick and pens for them to write a note!
4. A Photo Booth Backdrop
While a plain wall will work perfectly in your photos, you can also have fun with creating a photo booth backdrop. We’ve seen sequin sheets, gold lametta tinsel, rustic palettes and even fresh flowers (like a Kardashian/Jenner baby shower!). Look around your venue for any interesting walls (brick or stone can look cool!) or DIY something in keeping with the style of your wedding.
5. Photo Booth Props
Photo booth props might seem a ‘bit four years ago’ but there is something about them that helps people get a bit silly for the photos. Raid Tiger/Dealz/your parents’ attic for feather boas, funny hats, celebrity masks and cheap wigs. You can also make and print your own – here’s some free photo booth prop printables we found earlier!
6. Photo Booth Apps & Printing
There’s no point having all your photo booth photos on your phone or camera if you never print them out, so make sure you do, stick them in a dedicated photo booth album, or send them to your guests with the thank you cards.
There are lots options for printing and photo booth apps (make sure you check out your own app store), but here are some of our faves:
- Photobox for ordering retro Polaroid-style prints online
- HP Sprocket, a portable printer that prints from your phone
- Wifibooth, a photo booth app for iPads
- Lumabooth, another popular events photo booth app
Got any other tips for creating a DIY photo booth? Send them our way!
I think the photo booth idea sounds great! Your backdrop and frames and props sounds like fun and everyone loves a photo booth! However, like you said, you should not be expecting them to take their own picture, and shy people like me wouldn’t want to ask anyone to do it. Either hire a photographer to help with the photobooth, or maybe buy a tripod or stand for them to use Selfie timers etc. There definitely needs to be a way to take the picture for yourself. I have even seen things that you plug into your phone and the cord runs long enough to where you click the button and it takes the pic for you (kind of like a selfie stick but not) Hope i helped!
We are making a backdrop and having a few selfie sticks, a bunch of props that we are printing off and putting skewer sticks on, and an iPad set up on a tripod for easy uploading and emailing later on. We have been going to thrift shops and discount stores to try and find dress up items like boas, hats, jackets, etc. We also have a Polaroid camera that I may want to use but I do not want to buy a bunch of film for it.
We’re doing one, in a way. we’ll have a photo printer nearby and a station with all the stuff for it. i think its super cute. i’ve wanted a photo booth at my wedding since i was a teenager but they’re just too expensive, so we’re DIYing ours.
we’re not doing a backdrop necessarily, but providing some props and the photo printer itself. that way guests can take photos throughout the day and through the venue instead of just at the station. we looked into the HP Sprocket printer and I bought it – there’s an app and it bluetooth/wifi hooks up to your phone and you can print the pictures to the printer from the app. the pictures save so people can post them, they can share them with us through the app in case we want to print copies, and then the printer prints them right there. this is how we’re doing it but the Fujifilm Instax cameras and other printers exist too, there’s plenty of ways to do this, with or without the use of smartphones. its all up to you how you want it to be.
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Building a Raspberry Pi Powered Photo Booth
As part of the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ product launch at work, all the business units had small internal launch events with cake, etc. I thought it would be neat to build a photo booth using a Pi and set it up as part of the event.
There are many tutorials out there, for which I’m thankful, as this idea came about the day before our internal launch event! Huge thanks to Jack Barker for doing all the heavy lifting in Python. In fact, because he did such a good job, I’m not going to focus on the code portion of the build – rather just the physical build.
- 22 x 22.5″ sheet of cardboard
- Raspberry Pi
- Camera module
- 3mm screws to mount screen
- Arcade button
- Misc jumper wires
- Some scrap plastic or acrylic (optional)
- A 1/4 20 nut for mounting to a tripod (optional)
- Hot glue gun
- Printer to print graphics
- Spray adhesive to apply printed graphics
- Xacto knife
While installing and testing the code from Jack Barker while the Pi was on my bench, I did a rough design of what I wanted the enclosure to look like. In Jack’s project, there are images that can be replaced which display on the touchscreen and sort of guide the user through the process. I redesigned these to match the outside look of the box.
Next, I mapped out the box on a large piece of cardboard to match the dimensions from the illustration. I targeted 3″ deep x 15″ wide x 7.5″ tall. This gave plenty of room inside for the touchscreen, Pi, camera, as well as a USB power bank to power the unit. You can download a PDF template here.
At this point, I covered the cardboard with my printed graphics and cut all necessary holes.
…and then mounted the touchscreen (if you need help hooking the touchscreen up to the Pi, see this tutorial, and this tutorial to get the camera up and running). It was necessary to add some layers of cardboard to the inside of the box to ensure the screen would mount tightly against the outside. I used a few scraps of acrylic to sandwich the screen to the box. I also hot glued the camera in place and installed the button.
The last thing I did was to reinforce the bottom of the box with more acrylic, drilled a hole and mounted a 1/4 20 nut to accept a tripod bolt for mounting on a tripod (I actually used a GoPro tripod mount, as it was laying around).
Before assembling the box, I recommend testing your code to ensure everything is working properly. Things get too tight for hands once the box is assembled. If everything is good to go, slap some hot glue on the glue tab and assemble the box.
It went over well at the event, and I think everyone got a chance to try it.
Raspberry Pi Tumblr GIF Photo Booth
“ This beginner Raspberry Pi project shows you how to use Python code to turn your Pi camera into a GIF -making, Tumblr-posting photo booth! This project is an except from my free Raspberry Pi Class, so definitely check that out for more in-depth info on the system setup!I’ve attached the final Python program for my photo booth. I’ll go over this script later in the process.If you download the optional sound files to your Pi, move them to a sounds directory in the same directory as the Python script.”
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Are you looking for a beginner-level project to keep you busy? With Raspberry Pi, you can create practical and helpful projects that work with your tech devices to bring you helpful tricks and hacks. Raspberry Pi projects for beginners are where you should start to get your creative mind going.
Raspberry Pi is an inexpensive, small computer that plugs in through USB to other computers, TV monitors and anything else with a port. It helps you explore computing with coding programs like Python. With it, the following projects can turn you into a well-seasoned user.
1. Bluetooth Speakers
If you’d like to increase your audio experience, check out this Bluetooth speaker project. You can work with old and new systems to improve their functions and stream audio for just about anything.
2. Weather Station
Sometimes standard weather apps aren’t enough. You can use Raspberry Pi to create your very own weather station. From temperature to pressure measurements and humidity levels, you’ll get more information with this project.
3. Remote Controlled Car
This Raspberry Pi project lets you create a fun, IoT-based car. Using the Bluetooth from Raspberry Pi, you can follow the instructions and use your own smartphone as the remote control.
Dropbox is the convenient file storage and sharing platform that allows you to organize your documents easily. Now, you can use it on your Raspberry Pi once you run Dropbox’s script using its API.
5. Surveillance Camera
A surveillance camera is a handy tool — whether you’re using it for fun or home security. With HD video and motion detection, you can use Raspberry Pi to view your camera from anywhere, even on your mobile device. You can then store it as a file.
6. GIF Photo Booth
You’ve heard of a regular photo booth, but this project can turn those pictures into GIFs. It takes six images and compresses them as a GIF. This project is great for when you want to archive memories or get rid of boredom.
7. Smart Home Assistant
If you’d like to automate or simplify certain processes in your home, you can turn your Raspberry Pi into a smart home assistant. This project uses cloud services as well as Hass.io as its base for the home assistant.
8. TV Streaming
The world is headed away from cable and towards streaming. Now, you can use Raspberry Pi to get open-source TV streaming. It can record TV and retrieve live programs as well. It will also accept input from various sources.
9. Digital Library
Libraries have adapted digital platforms in recent years. With this project, you can share your library with other people. Whether it’s books or magazines, you can connect like never before.
10. Retro Gaming
Are you feeling nostalgic? Sometimes you just need to pop in an older video game. Raspberry Pi gives that idea a new twist as you use this project to run older games. You can then create cases and controllers to match.
A VPN is a personal private network that you can bring anywhere with you, thanks to Raspberry Pi. VPNs come in handy when you’re using public Wi-Fi, which isn’t always secure. You can use this project at home, too.
One of the most popular games in the world is now playable with Raspberry Pi as its platform. Though it’s an older version and only supports creative mode, you can play it for free. Creating the platform and game will be a unique experience.
13. Camera Controls
If you have a DSLR camera, you can check your compatibility for this project. It allows you to use Raspberry Pi to control your camera in different ways — taking photos, configuring settings and downloading files.
14. Alarm Clock
The creator of this project wanted to make an alarm based on sleep cycles. It can also track sleep movement to wake you up at just the right time.
You can use Raspberry Pi to stream Netflix anywhere and at any time. Give it a try!
Raspberry Pi Projects
These Raspberry Pi projects for beginners are helpful for those looking for neat things to do. They bring you practical uses while advancing your skills. Put your time into something you’ll be proud of and have fun doing it.
The free time of summer vacations for many is an ideal time to start a more complex or long project which is associated with some of their passions. If Raspberry Pi is among your interests and you want to reinforce your productivity, we propose 12 projects for a Raspberry Pi to do this summer.
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If you are on this page, it is most likely that you are well aware of Raspberry Pi but if not, do not worry. We have covered Raspberry Pi in a series. So do check it out.
1. A bartender who does not get tired
Up to 6 types of ingredients or drinks can be mixed at the same time with this automated bartender, selecting the drink that we want, is responsible for preparing it directly and effortlessly.
2. Home photomaton
A classic project for Raspberry Pi is the personalized and homemade photo booth. For all types of events and at a low cost. The quality of the photos will not be very good, because the camera is used for the Raspberry Pi, but includes everything else: countdown and effects if we want.
3. Know the value of your Magic: The Gathering cards
With Raspberry Pi, the limits are set by your imagination. As if we could not propose a project to build ourselves, with the help of LEGO pieces to facilitate the task, an automated system to review all our Magic: The Gathering cards, recognize them and look for information on their market price. Fantastic.
4. Weather station
Completely homemade. This is the weather station that you can build with the help of different sensors, which you can include in your station, and a Raspberry Pi. With it and the appropriate programming, we get a station that stores the measured data in an exportable format, that generates graphs/statistics and even, if we add a camera for RPi, we can take a picture every minute to create a fantastic Time Lapse of our changing environment.
5. New email notifier
The “hat” for Raspberry Pi is an economical and easy way to add via GPIO more functionalities to our minicomputer. With one of the most versatile, the sensors (costs 38 euros), we can take advantage of its LED matrix to create a system that notifies us visually the arrival of a new email to our mailbox, even with the help of personalized rules.
6. Your own device with Alexa
2019 has been characterized by the landing of different virtual assistants. With a Raspberry Pi, you can create your own, in this case with Amazon as an ally. It will not sound like a loudspeaker and you will not be able to use apps like Spotify, but at least you’ll have your own device with Amazon’s Alexa assistant.
7. “Live” painting
If you have an LCD screen of a television or a monitor that is no longer valid, you can give it a second chance by using it to create a picture that shows images, videos or whatever your imagination dictates. That is the only limit.
8. GIF camera
Another photographic project which is very fun, well finished and which we will get a lot of this summer. It is a camera with the Raspberry Pi and is responsible for creating a GIF for us. A different way to take photos and have memories.
9. Minecraft PE server
Taking advantage of the low consumption of the RPi, this Raspberry Pi project uses the minicomputer of 40 euros to keep a Minecraft server for its Pocket Edition online all the time.
10. Your own advanced drone
Mounting our automated drone allows us to grant functions on demand. In this case, the project is not simple but the result is very worthwhile: face recognition, autonomous flight system, ability to avoid obstacles and even telemetry via Bluetooth.
11. MiniPC chess player
If you have always dreamed of having your own computer-chess player, map it to a Raspberry Pi. Using its processing capacity and Arduino boards, you can build a chess system that plays against you and with real pieces.
12. MiniMac made with LEGO
It does not have a large screen or even color (it’s an electronic ink), but for Apple fans, this minimac with Docker running on a Raspberry Pi Zero is quite a statement of intent. And a great challenge.
Hope you like these projects for Raspberry Pi. Do check out projects website and learn how you can make something really cool and useful. Also, check out the new Raspberry Pi 4 which came out recently.
If you have created your own project, then let me know. I will love to review your project.
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Raspberry Pi sounds almost good enough to eat, but this kind of pi dishes up a different batch of recipes. Known as the little computer that could, Raspberry Pi was developed in the UK to get kids interested in computing. Loved by tinkerers everywhere, the affordable, credit-card-sized computer is inspiring creativity around the world. Since it was introduced in 2006, over 3 million units have been sold. The Raspberry Pi can be used to create whatever the mind can imagine, from robots to penguin trackers to garage door openers. Versatility is its expertise, and we’ve found some of the most creative Raspberry Pi projects out there.
1. Hackable GIF Camera: Meet Otto, a Pi-powered camera that takes animated gifs, stills and videos. You see, Otto does everything and more that your phone camera does, like set up an impromptu photo booth, because Otto comes with a variety of modes included in its app. Hand crank your snapshots. Photos are then automatically synced over wifi so you can share them with friends. (via Next Thing Co)
2. Camera Pi: Want to make all your photog pals jelly? Embed your DSLR with a tiny Ras Pi, and your camera will have a “superpower” mode. By embedding that little computer into your DSLR you can wirelessly transmit photos to your PC or tablet; remote control the camera using a PC, tablet or smartphone from anywhere in the world; and even snap a pic every few seconds to capture time-lapse sequences. Want to give your DSLR superpowers? Follow these configurations. They’re easy as pi. (via David Hunt Photography)
3. Magpi Radio: It’s Twitter reformatted as a radio, right down to the aesthetics: The radio takes the shape of little bird. Invented as a physical manifestation of a piece of software, Magpi Radio uses text-to-speech to read tweets coming in from various channels. As you click through channels, the beak changes color. Press the knob on the right and the beak will favorite the last tweet and respond by pulsing a red light. (via Ada Fruit)
4. Pye Radio: If you’re all twittered out from hearing tweets all day, switch over to Pye Radio. Your run-of-the-mill vintage 1960s-style radio can now become a wireless Internet radio with a little help from Raspberry Pi. (via Hackaday)
5. Chatter Smartphone: Who says old toys aren’t any fun? When hacked into a smartphone, the Fisher Price toy phone is a wee bit more interactive, especially for today’s tech savvy kids. The phone’s rotary dial provides the input and sound comes from the phone’s speakers. (Did you know the newer models play clips from Toy Story?) A motor was added to control the googly eyes. The phone can be set to deliver any info you want… for reals, anything, from weather information to cinema listings. The code is provided so you can adapt the phone to your own needs. (via Grant Gibson)
6. Pi-Wave: A microwave redesign so clever that the designer even makes raspberry pie in his Raspberry Pi-powered microwave (so meta). Check it: The microwave can be controlled by your voice, can gather cooking instructions using a barcode scanner, can be controlled via your phone and, if that wasn’t enough, it can send a tweet after it finishes cooking something. (via Made by Nathan)
7. Magic Mirror: “Mirror, mirror on the wall…” Go ahead ask it what you want, because it will answer. With one-way-mirror glass mounted over a flat display device, outputting white text on a black background (temperature, time, notes and things like, “Hey, handsome!”), this is one mirror that truly is magical. (via Michael Teeuw)
8. Automatic Drawing Machine: Move over Picasso. Black Stripes is making some new strokes! Black Stripes is a design drone that turns full-color photographs into huge, one-of-a-kind, black-and-white murals. The code is closed sourced but you can order your very own, unique print for around $200. (via Black Stripe)
9. Home Automation Control: When Siri and Raspberry Pi collide, your lights turn on, the garage door opens and your security device is monitored. You can make your own home automation control with a Raspberry Pi and help from the creator, Elvis Impersonator’s configuration. (via You Tube)
10. H2O IQ: Inspired by water shortages and drought in California and Israel, this Raspberry Pi water conservation gardening tool turns your garden into a smartgarden. The system allows gardeners to water their plants efficiently no matter where they are. Don’t worry if you don’t have a green thumb; the H20 IQ will monitor the moisture intake of your plants and set a drip irrigation system to automatically water them — no guesswork, just perfect growing conditions. (via Raised by Savages)
11. Wall Mounted Google Calendar: Want to get techy? Take your Google calendar to the wall and forgo that paper calendar with photos of cute kittens. To tackle this project, arm yourself with a Raspberry Pi, monitor and these instructions! (via Instructables)
12. Dicta-teacher: Developed by a pair of students to put braille within reach of all visually impaired people, this device makes learning braille intuitive by pairing a mobile app and Raspberry Pi hardware together to convert speech into braille. (via Project Mudra photo Twitter)
13. NaCade: If you yearn for the golden age of Pac-Man, Pong or Pinball arcade games, you’re in luck. Now you can bring them back to life with this portable arcade gadget. (via Instructables)
14. Pi-Rex: No, this is not your Grandmother’s Tupperware. This is a gadget for Fido. Introducing the lazy man’s door opener, a bark-activated door-opening system powered by Raspberry Pi and Fido’s bark. (via David Hunt Photography)
15. MouseAir 2.0: Behold the ultimate cat toy: A Raspberry Pi powered mouse launcher! The MouseAir 2.0 knows when your feline is ready to play by sensing the kitty and loading a nice, furry mouse into the launchpad and firing it into the air for kitty to attack. In case you’re not home to watch a bit of cat and mouse, there’s a built in pi cam to document all the action. (via SwitchDoc Labs)
Have some Raspberry Pi recipes stirring around in your brain? Share your best Pi projects in the comments below.