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A time-lapse camera rig made of LEGO.

 

Nathan Sawaya is going to be at Rackspace tomorrow to build a six foot tall sculpture of our mascot out of LEGO. I plan to get plenty of pictures and hope to use this device to capture a frame every 12 seconds.

 

I bought the little micro motors off the LEGO Dacta site many years ago. I haven't seen them for sale anywhere in a while. They turn at about 35 rpm so to substitute the newer motors would require more gears.

 

Under the bottom rubber band are 3 9V battery boxes in parallel. I got the rubber bands at SXSW, thanks for the SWAG!

 

The button pusher was the hardest part to engineer. I tried every combination of gear and cam until I came up with this. I can tune it so it presses just hard enough to take a picture, but not so hard as to wiggle the camera or stall the motor.

 

I'm hoping that three fresh 9V batteries will last for 4-5 hours.

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Taken on April 10, 2007