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FaceBooth - One button to facebook photobooth

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I wanted to make a photbooth for a Christmas party. I wanted it to be simple to operate and only be one click easy so that even a guest who was chemically uncoordinated could even operate it.I wanted a solution that would take a photo and post it on facebook. Guests could later tag themselves or others.

There are three parts to this solution:
  1. The Photobooth software
  2. The Button
  3. Software for the button to talk to the software
 
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Step 1: The Photobooth Software

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For the photobooth software, I have used DSLRBooth (http://www.dslrbooth.com/) it had everything I wanted.

It can:
  • Print directly to a printer
  • Post to facebook (Pro version only)
  • Generate a QR code for guests to scan and retrieve their photos
  • Email guests a copy of their photos
  • SMS (Twilio account needed)
  • Has a range of templates that you can overlay images etc... These can be customised as well.)
Rather than regurgitate the setup instructions, you can view them at http://www.dslrbooth.com/howto/photo-booth-instructions/

The trial version runs for 7 days and gives you all premium features. If you plan on using this software, download it within 7 days of your event. Or pay for it.

Step 2: The Button

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This was the fun bit. I wanted to make the whole experience simple to use. I thought a glowing button would do the trick.

Materials

Tools
  • Soldering iron
  • Wire Strippers/pliers
  • Crimping tool
  • Saw
  • Hot Glue Gun

Step 3: Button - Protoboard setup

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Follow the schematic to solder up you protoboard.

I soldered some pins to the board so I could piggyback my arduino. See image above.
freaky2501974 months ago

Sorry for being a bit newbie, but can i use an Arduino Uno for this aswell?

aashby1 (author)  freaky2501974 months ago
Most definately... http://www.freetronics.com/products/eleven#.U3DGOYGSxCg
T
he eleven is a clone of the Uno. Everything explained can be done on the Uno. I'd be interested to see your results.

Awesome man thanks, will defently post a little picture of the result!

binarybosses7 months ago

Dude you built that for a party? Haha that is insane, but pretty cool.

ChippMarshal8 months ago

Very neat. This is a little over my head but I really enjoyed reading it.

Build_it_Bob9 months ago
Nicely done , thanks for sharing !
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aashby1 (author) 9 months ago
Seems like my failed reply went through too... Two answers for the price of one.
aashby1 (author) 9 months ago
Thanks achopra3. I have both sitting around and it would be ideal to make the whole system more portable. Hmmm...Battery powered and wifi. Could take it anywhere.
aashby1 (author) 9 months ago
Achopra3, good idea. I wanted to use a raspberry pi but time was a factor. Party's tomorrow and I had a few other things to do beforehand - mow lawns, tidy up, make kegorator etc... Go pro was something I had not though about. The wide angle lens would mean subjects (guests) would have to be very close. 1 meter away and that would be a bit in your face, no pun... But more easily replaced than the slr in party mode.
aashby1 (author) 9 months ago
Reggie, your right. See image attached. The hardest part is the triple connection between pin 3, the resistor and ground. Have a look at the example button script in Arduino examples. All I have added there is another pin to control the led in the button.
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reggie889809 months ago
Or a bottom view of the pcb
reggie889809 months ago
I do not find the schematic clear. Could you have an explanation or image more geared towards beginners
Simply brilliant!
achopra39 months ago
Cool! You could probably hook it up to a raspberry pi and use a go-pro as the camera.
LuciferRex9 months ago
This is so cool!
Goodwin79 months ago
Cool, thanks for sharing!