Make Your Own 360 Panoramic Photo Robot




Introduction: Make Your Own 360 Panoramic Photo Robot

this is my 360 panoramic photo robot, the idea is shooting in 360 degrees in the smaller time as possible without errors, take the panoramic in a hard conditions and fun!.

this project i take a 1 month and i am implementing improvements, and i use parts of bad cd-roms and hard disk drives.

i hope that it serves to construct your own robot or can leave ideas for another project.

Step 1: Hard Work, Cut the Aluminium!

First, buy a 2,5mm aluminium laminates, draw a circle of 20mm and mark the aluminium.
cut 5 circles of aluminium.


construct supports for the axes that hold the camera, put the cdrom axis in the border. design the support its camera model.

hold the laminates with aluminium bars and put the camera support laminates, it must move freely.

put a gear or another system in the right face, and put a servomotor with another gear.

Step 3: Base That Give Turns...

as the previus step is necessary to place gears or another system to insert the servo motor.

Step 4: Electronics

Already finished the hardware steps, we will come to electronic issue, i use a parallax basic stamp, but any other are good.

is necessary to program the servomotors, first that turn from a side to another one, stop and take a photo(the camera have a remote control and shut it with the basic stamp), when 360 degrees is complete i have a 20 photos aprox, the camera up and takes another sequence.

Step 5: Shut and Ready

the idea is a take a panoramic matrix, in my first test i take a 60 photos in 8 Mpixels with a canon rebel.

the follow step is stitching the images but that is another instructable...



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    Here is a cheap one based on raspberry pi - a test prototype, but works , take snapshot every N seconds then change angle by 20-80 degree depending on settings as programmed but really doesn't matter since stitching takes care of common areas.

    Uses 2 cheap IP cameras instead of webcams to shoot longer distance.

    There are 2 dc motors with gearbox , no steppers to keep cost down ($1 vs $8 with driver,heatsink etc )

    On starting and stopping there is a slight jerk due to momentum.

    Good enough to put in one's garden and shoot whole day.

    Please could you advise the best circuit to connect a basic stamp 2 to a canon slr camera so that I can trigger the shutter from the stamp program as you are doing in your 360 panoramic photo robot ? I'm not sure enough to risk damaging the camera by experimenting! My project is timing the camera operation after a laser break event

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    Hi, you can connect the camera without risk using a relay or a octocupler, in the relay case you connect the basicstamp to a tansistor and a relay you will protect the basicstamp with a diode in the relay, the other method are using a octocupler. the relay are not faster like a octocupler , then if you like shutter a fast situation dont work.
    visit links:
    this link show the conection of canon camera shutter.
    this link show an example with octocupler if yo like use this method you can connect the basicstamp directly to a octocoupler like a in this example show. the difference is in the connection to a serial port.

    sorry for my english.

    Please, I'm not a programmer, nor an electronics builder. Can you give circuit details and program code?

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    Hi Maggy, check my new photos in , i don't have a problem with a 50mm lens (wide angle),and th the shutter control is directly from basicstamp to camera. circuit it a very simple with a basic stamp is not hard to use, write me: for instructions and code for a basicstamp 1.

    how many teeth gear a? how many teeth gear b? I know nothing about servo motors, please tell something about types needed.

    No help for support construction? Nodal point of lens is not centered in sketch picture 2. Construction is obstructing view of very wide angle lenses. Most of the disks holding the camera seem like a total waste of material to me. I don't see any shutter control.

    20 mm? I guess you mean 20cm or 200mm?

    Finally someone that made one of these! I have been working on a similar panoramic photo device but with servos controlled by timers and relays. When I saw your robot I bought a Basic Stamp, solving several of my problems. I have worked out the controlling of the servos but how do you shut the remote control from the Basic Stamp? This may be a too basic question but anyways.

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    congrats! sendme a photos of your project! the shot depends of the camera, my camera is a canon xt and have a remote control conector, is a very simple system 3 contacts that conect ground and 1 contact result a autofocus and the another contact are a shot, with a basic stamp i conect a relay to connector. easy, you will have a careful with the time, need a some time shot the relay for the camera shot a photo.

    Nice, I use the same Canon camera. I have built a remote control earlier so I'm familiar with the wiring, just wondering about the relay part =) I will send u some picture of the project later (when there is something worth seeing).

    Really great. Do you have more details on part names/numbers. I've been looking to do this myself. Thanks in advance...

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    woahhhh!!!!!!!! this thing looks really clean and professional. You did a great job . does it only go 360 degrees(like left to right?), or does it meke a globe pattern? either way, its awesome

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    globe pattern is posible, the photo in the intro was stitched in 3 files and 16 colums x 8mpixel each photo, 22534x6377 pixels (143Mpixel aprox.).nice!