Step 1: Building the X-Ray Vision Camera
Time: A Couple of Afternoons
Cost: Over $18
- CVS Disposable Digital Camera (CVS Pharmacy; $18.00)
- X-Ray Beryllium Material (Google It)
- Wire, solder, glue, diffraction pattern sample (i.e., your hand)
Step 2: Rip it a New One; Disassemble the Camera
NOTE: Do not touch the flash capacitor. This component can maintain a strong and painful charge for extended periods of time. Use extreme caution when opening this camera and use protective gear, including rubber gloves, rubber-soled shoes and rubber-handled tools.
Step 3: Scalpel; Cut Your Filter
Step 4: Dress it Up; Cover the sensor
Step 5: Oh, Behave; Look around
Turn on the camera, point it at your hand, and fire away. Because the filter is only over the sensor, you won't see the effect looking through the viewfinder, but you will see "something" when you download your pictures. Get ready to amaze your friends. Go to Camera hacking forum featuring John Maushammer for instructions on modding your disposable camera for re-use.