February 02, 2015

Make an Arduino-powered single pixel camera

And now for something different we have an interesting project by Arduino enthusiast Jordan Blanchard who has created an interesting version of a digital camera with an Arduino. This example uses a single infra-red photodiode to measure the brightness of a certain point - which is considered one pixel of an image.

The IR diode is then swept across two dimensions, using servos for positioning - stopping to take a reading for each new pixel. The data is send back to a PC running some processing code which assembles the data into a finished image. An example of the photo editing is shown in the following video:

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