Programmable Remote Control for Nikon

If you’re an amateur photographer and own an entry-level Nikon DSLR, you might be dissatisfied with the lack of certain features these models have, which can be quite disappointing since high-end cameras are pretty expensive. But there is something that can be done. The cameras have an infrared sensor that can be utilized with great success using a remote control, so you are able to take pictures and control your camera from afar. And here’s where the programmable remote control for Nikon comes along, enhancing the capabilities of your camera.

This project is a small remote control based on the Atmega168/328 microcontroller from Atmel. It also has a bunch of 3mm LEDs (one of them is the power LED, the rest are for different programs for the camera), capacitors, resistors, 3 switches, a battery holder and an IR LED. The device ends up using all GPIO pins of the MCU (you can find detailed schematics and a complete parts list in the link).

The code is available for reading and download and is neatly commented so you can understand what it actually does. The code makes use of Cibo Mahto’s Nikon Library. Gerber files and Eagle files are also available for download. A nice device to have when taking difficult shots with your DSLR, the programmable remote control for Nikon can be a great addition to your photo gear, helping you make great use of your DSLR.

Programmable Remote Control for Nikon: [Link]

January 16th, 2009

IR remote robot

IR remote robot

It’s great fun building robots, the most simple one is a vehicle robot, in other words a small car, the next step is to add some remote control, wireless off course, by wireless most of you probably think of radio control, yes that has long range, works trough obstacles, maybe even trough solid walls, but building one can be a real challenge, and buying one can be expensive. The author of this project solved this issue by using a simple TV remote control.

The original project is quite limited regarding the functions, only forward and reverse controls are possible, since it has just one motor, but it’s easy to improve the design, my choice would be to use two motors, each with separate H bridge, this is the easiest way the steer it.

The source code is written for ICC compiler and is made available for download, if you adapt it to AVR-GCC then you can adapt it to work with any type of remote control and start adding some intelligence to the robot, like line following, maze solving and many more.

IR remote robot: [Link]



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