Extend Your GoPro Time Lapses over WiFi

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GoPro Egg timer, extended ‘lapse not necessary.

We’ve featured a way to extend your GoPro’s functionality using an SD card script, but if that seems to risky to you, this WiFi GoPro hack should do that trick.  According to Adrian’s excellent write-up, all you need to do to trigger your camera over WiFi is enter the correct HTTP get request.

All you do is enter: http://10.5.5.9/bacpac/PW?p=%01&t=XXXXXXXX into your browser where the XXX’s are your WiFi password.

What’s even cooler is that this GoPro WiFi hack can be automated to take very long time lapses.  Adrian has written a script to do this in Python, but I’m sure the technique can be copied to other languages if necessary.

On a related note, Adrian is quick to point out that you can view the photos on your GoPro over WiFi by going to http://10.5.5.9:8080.  Really cool.  I hadn’t done the research before, but it seems logical that something like this could be done.

I’ve written about this hack as well as some other GoPro “Pwnage” at Hackaday.  I think I’d started writing this article on DIYTripods before the Hacakaday piece, but held off publishing out of respect to them.  It’s a cool article (In my probably-biased opinion) covering several GoPro hacks, so be sure to check it out.

Via Reddit

Robot Mounted GoPro on a Pan/Tilt Fixture

robot mounted GoPro FPVWhen I’m not busy with family, my job, working out, or this website, I also like to build robots.*  OK, technically this would be considered more of a remote-control mechanism, or even a prop, but “robot” sounds better.  It was recently on display** as shown above, literally hanging 15 feet in the air, and beaming “robot mounted GoPro” video to a projector in front of it.

As for the camera part, the “robot’s” two legs are controlled by two channels from a standard hobby RC unit.  The controller that I was using had four channels, and I happened to have a pan/tilt fixture from Servocity already assembled on my shelf.  Since at that point it was just a matter of plugging it in, I decided to add a pan/tilt capable GoPro camera to my robot.

For installation, I drilled out the pan/tilt fixture’s base to accept the 8-32 screws that I had available, and the GoPro was easy to attach with a 1/4-20 screw using the GoPro tripod adapter.  Interestingly, since my robot-thing was hanging from the ceiling, if it was tilted enough, it would cause the “MountainBeest,” as I call it, to swing back and forth.

It was definitely a fun time, but as cool as I thought it would be to have it hanging above everyone, apparently people don’t look up that often.  Either way, you can find more info on this contraption in the videos below. Continue reading