Photobooth Mark I

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Basically a photobooth just like at the mall, but with a maker's charm.


Retired please see Photobooth Mark II for further work.


  • Initially shows video of the individuals in the booth to let them position accordingly.
  • Large button to hit when you're ready.
    • Has to be durable.
  • Countdown video before the computer driving it snaps the photo.
  • Takes between four and six pictures with a three second timer between pictures.
  • Automatically uploads the pictures online for everyone to see.
    • Possibly without the users knowing. More fun that way ;).
  • Must use as little power as possible to obtain it's function.
    • Solid state storage only.
    • Fanless if possible.
    • Wifi on demand(ie. not always connected).
  • Remote administration is a must.

Other options

  • Autodetection and mounting of thumbdrives so the booth can load the pictures onto it.
  • Cheap print of the pictures.
    • Not sure how to accomplish this yet.
  • Making the whole thing modular so it can be taken down and setup other places rather easily.
  • GPS enabled and automatic geotagging of photos.

Mark I

Physical Design Elements

  • Two towers
    • Tower 1: 3 boxes stacked on top of each other like Legos.
      • Bottom two empty.
      • Top one housing the camera and tablet.
      • Individual boxes are designed to slide under the seat of the other tower for easy transport.
      • Dimensions:
    • Tower 2: seat topped with a three-sided partition surrounding the user.
      • Partition is removable with folding sides and folds in half.
      • The seat is a box designed to house the 3 Tower 1 boxes.
        • Handles on one side close the ground.
        • Casters on the other side to facilitate easy movement when lifted from the handles.
      • Dimensions:
  • Two curtain rods made of PVC, one for each side of the booth.
    • Length:
    • Curtain: Black shower curtain cut to the desired height of 38".

Tablet Technical Data

  • Form Factor: Slate
    • Model: Ramline 510
  • Screen: 10.4 inch touch screen
    • Model: 3M/Dynapro SC3
    • Type: restive
  • CPU: Intel Pentium3 500Mhz
  • RAM: 256MB
  • Drive Space: 6GB
  • Camera: Logitech Quickcam Orbit
    • Resolution: 1.2MP
      • Used: 640x480
  • OS: Windows XP SP2
    • Other software: Twaincommander, VLC, MS picture and fax viewer, image magick
  • OS: Debian GNU/Linux
    • Other software: mplayer, image magick, xloadimage, exiftool

Linux Perl Code

Picture Code

The linux perl code is in the opticron/branches/photobooth svn repo.

Windows perl code

Picture code

Picture code in the svn repo.

Upload code

Upload code

Support code

Additional Information


  • 01/11/2007: After many revisions and drawings we've settled on a final design, and construction should begin this weekend on it.
    • A 1:12 scale paper mockup of the design and drawings can be found here.
  • 01/13/2007: Materials purchased.
  • 01/14/2007: Day 1 of construction. Ran into a snag when it came to the dimensions of the thing packed up and the dimensions of the doorway to the backseat of a car. After a few adjustments and some reworking of the camera tower all is well. The base of both sides were completely and tested for maneuverability and fit in the backseat of a car, both tests when perfectly.
  • 01/16/2007: Ramline 510 tablet purchased for use in the photobooth.
  • 01/27/2007: 09:00-12:00 Day 2 of construction. Three sided partition that sits atop the seat is done and parts have been purchased to attach the curtains.
  • 01/28/2007: 12:00-16:00 in 32 degree conditions, Day 3 of construction. Everything is built with the exception of 3 more leaf sections going up one side of the camera tower.
  • 02/10/2007: Make Shop meeting yielded an arguable more functional OS on the tablet being used in the booth as well as some more revisions to the scripts.
  • 02/11/2007 Day 4 of construction: Finished the final three boards that needed to be cut and added, as well has the curtain poles. More supplies were purchased for completing it in the coming three days before the Outerz0ne3.
  • 02/17/2007 Outerz0ne3: Photobooth went over splendidly and finally got a feel for how heavy the damned thing this, which is to say very. Something to work out in the next model I suppose.
  • 02/24/2007 SNAPL LAN Party: Photobooth went over pretty well though not as much as I would have liked, different crowd with different interests I suppose.
  • 03/17/2007 St Patty's Day Party: Photobooth got a lot of use again proving that it can hold up well against drunk people. People are finally starting to realize the fun of using the whiteboard background. Likely the last time it'll be moved until the Make Shop is setup, which it will reside in permanently.
  • 04/28/2007: Another random party.
  • 05/05/2007 Cinco de Mayo!: Another party.
  • 05/19/2007: Yet another random party.
  • 05/27/2007: Another random party.
  • 08/04/2007: Managed to get the photobooth worked on the new linux platform. With live video this time! Had another random party to celebrate.
  • 10/19/2007: Mark I went to one more con, Phreaknic 0x0b, and performed beautifully. ~200 pics, no structural problems, and only minor issues with the Linux based tablet involving picture consistency.


  • Make upload script work or find another solution for automatic uploading.
  • Have the booth automatically mount a user's thumbdrive and load last saved photostrip on it.
    • This will likely be their own, but there is a fair chance that if they place if put it in quick enough they can get the one before them.
  • Live video from the camera to allow the user to see what they look like on camera prior to pictures being taken. (Done)


[Serial Controller Reference Document]