Picture of Lego Time Lapse Dolly

I wanted to create time-lapse dolly for my camera. I did not want to ride only on the tracks. Thus, the truck can travel, on the ground, on a bench in the park, porapetu windows, etc..

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Step 1: Construction

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I used lego blocks, I could build as needed. The lego cube is great that you can build by themselves.

Step 2: The Electronics

All the parts I bought on Ebay:

Stepper Motor Driver ($1.19) http://www.ebay.com/itm/161304707166?_trksid=p2059...

Arduino Nano V3.0 ($4.76) http://www.ebay.com/itm/171337374773?_trksid=p2059...

JoyStick ($2.09) http://www.ebay.com/itm/200955114766?_trksid=p2059...

Remote Switch for Olympus ($2.48) http://www.ebay.com/itm/300839084245?_trksid=p2059...

5V DC Relay ($1.00) http://www.ebay.com/itm/Mini-5V-DC-Coil-Power-Rela...

Cable for Arduino ($1.48) http://www.ebay.com/itm/40-root-For-a-row-of-Dupon...

3.5 Jack connector

I cut the Remote Switch and I soldered Jack 3.5 connectors for use with the Arduino and the remote switch.
The relay I soldered wires to be connected to Arduino. Everything we connect to each other: arduino -> Relay -> jack -> jack connector for Olympus -> and my camera.

Next, I added Stepper Motor Driver to Arduino. To him I joined a stepper motor, and, 5V adapter or battery pack.

Another thing I want to connect the joystick. He will control the speed of the wheels, and frame rate. The rate will be adjusted by tilting the X-axis and Y-axis and after pressing the button, the value will be deducted.

Step 3: Arduino code

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I uploaded code via Arduino program. The program includes both shoot camera and rotating the stepper motor.

Step 4: The first testing

domenic311 months ago
Clever creation
Martin Balák (author)  domenic310 months ago

Thank you

schnurrbart11 months ago

Interesting. Any video examples of how the lapse turned out?

Martin Balák (author)  schnurrbart10 months ago

I added a video of the first test, but poor quality. I am still working on improvements.

MetallicGR11 months ago

Any schematics for the project? It would be very helpful.

Martin Balák (author)  MetallicGR10 months ago

I added it, thank you

Wow it looks like it would work really really well. Thanks for sharing!

Martin Balák (author)  MsSweetSatisfaction10 months ago

Thank you

linuxlizard10 months ago

Nifty! Could you post more pics of the Lego vehicle construction?