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Step 19: Future Plans

To meet the deadline for the Epilog Contest, I did not have time to fully experiment with this apparatus. It certainly works but needs to have kinks worked out.

Because of the open nature of this project, any number of sensors or configurations can be used to trigger the camera. The first that come to mind are a sound trigger (which should be easy to attach to and through the Arduino) and long Loc-Line arms so that a bat swinging through and smashing something can trigger the camera.

 Any thoughts or suggestions would be appreciated.

This i'ble got featured in this month's Wired magazine! Pretty cool!
A Schematic would be very useful for this, so you could get a quick idea how it works without looking through every connection. It looks like a really neat project i would like to try if i get the time.
That is a great suggestion. I added a step that has a PNG image and the EAGLE file of the schematic attached. I believe that the schematic is correct, but I have not put it to the test by laying out and testing a board.
Very nice! I did this same project about 30 years ago with a mechanical shutter and a 555 timer chip. Do you know what the delay is between the moment tripping the laser and the photograph being taken? That's where I think digital cameras are usually pretty slow.
Just a small note:<br><br>The 'light-sensitive resistor' is actually called a LDR: Light Dependent Resistor.<br>or photoresistor :)<br><br>Good instructable :)
Well done!<br><br>I should point out that for a while I had used a photo-resistor as the optical sensor in my 'ible, but found it to have a slow response, and may not trigger on fast moving drops. <br><br>I switched to a photo-diode (visible or IR should work with a red laser) which is MUCH bettor. It's super-fast, and can even be triggered by projectiles.<br><br>Keep this in mind if you find that the drops are moving too fast to be triggered. <br>

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