Picture of 360 degree analog camera hat
Forget Instagram, bring back that retro look to your pictures by using classic analog film in a fun new way. This camera hat was made using leftover single-use 35mm film cameras and several small servo motors, all powered by two AA batteries. With the camera array sitting on your head, you're able to capture a 360° panorama view of your surroundings. This project requires no special electronics knowledge and can be assembled in about an hour.

I designed this camera array off something I saw on the "Radar Detector" music video by Darwin Deez. But, after making the camera hat, everyone kept asking if it was a low-fi version of Google Street View. It's more the former than the latter, but people can draw their own interpretations. There's also Chindogu.

Of course you can always just buy (or win) a 360° panorama camera, but it's no where near as eye-catching as this one.

Enough talk, let's make a 360° panorama camera hat!

Step 1: Tools + materials

Picture of tools + materials
  • hobby knife
  • soldering iron
  • wire strippers
  • screwdrivers

  • 6-8 x single-use film cameras
  • plastic garbage can (large enough for your head)
  • cable ties (assorted)
  • 6-8 x hobby servo motors (I used 5gram servos)
  • 2 x AA batteries
  • 1 x double AA battery holder
  • Normally-open (N.O) momentary switch
  • thin-gauge braided wire
  • heat-shrink tubing

ychen92 years ago
thanks for sharing.
I made this camera hat preference by your blog.
and it's success!!!! thank you.
I changed the electrode design for the switch that can mack servos turn back by itslef :)

i'm from Taiwan , Taipei
mikeasaurus (author)  ychen92 years ago
That's really great!
For sharing your version I've awarded you a 3-month Pro Membership to Instructables.com and given you a digital patch.
Canoeman2 years ago
Would you please photograph yourself trying to get by the TSA, getting on a plane? :-) I'll pay to watch.

what ever you do, stay out of sight, of the NYPD.

cool idea.
Misac-kun2 years ago
what about a pedestal for proper alignment? it should help a lot!
hertzgamma2 years ago
That is cool!
KGuy3 years ago
I had this idea once when I was young, I just never came around to doing it and knowing what to do........

.......saying that, you did a great job! 5*
zootboy3 years ago
You should give the software Hugin a try. It lets you stitch panoramic photos together graphically, and has all sorts of algorithms built in to compensate for differences in exposure, white balance, lens distortion, etc.

mikeasaurus (author)  zootboy3 years ago
Thanks for the link, I deliberately left these shots unaltered to show the edge definition and what you can expect from a typical 6 camera setup.
gempje3 years ago
haha this is fun!
great results
depotdevoid3 years ago
Cool idea! I love the panoramas!
awi3 years ago
Wow Great effort and great results!!

I photograph panoramas with a fancy roundshot camera, but this surely gives nice results. Maybe your next project will involve a battery of digital cameras.

MoritzB3 years ago
Wouldn´t it be easier to set all the contacts of the camera´s push buttons in parallel, instead of wasting 6 servos?

But nevertheless, great project :-)
I don't see that you could do that with these single-use 35mm film cameras, the buttons are mechanical.
Or if you wanna wire directly you can use these el-cheapo digital cameras instead:


By the way I don't know if there's such a thing as a photo shield for arduino
Those would probably work out cheaper than the processing on the 35mm film.
Providing there is enough overlap in the images you can use panorama software to stitch them together.

Finished panoramas can be uploaded to http://youvr.com/ for sharing.

Here is one that I did (you will need Quicktime to view it):


kbhasi3 years ago
Go put it in the analog camera challenge
this is great ive been trying to figure out a cheaper way to do this instead of buying a panoramic camera
ChrysN3 years ago
That's really cool, great idea!
derte843 years ago
Great hack!
iceng3 years ago
I agree this is a super hat very imaginative !!!
Gave you five.

Have look here for a panorama of a desert event :-)