Thursday, 15 December 2016

PolaPi is a fantastic tribute to Polaroid and is based on a Raspberry Pi

PolaPi is a fantastic tribute to Polaroid and is based on a Raspberry Pi

The projects arising from the Raspberry Pi continue to surprise us, and this time what comes to us is a camera called PolaPi managed by the Raspberry Pi that not only captures images but also the prints in black and white thanks a small thermal printer integrated in the device.

Perhaps the design is rough and discrete results, but PolaPi again demonstrates the versatility of the Raspberry Pi, which combined with several additional items of low price becomes a way fun and fast to get physical copies of our photos just as they did -and it still doing- the legendary Polaroid.

Assembly, open to anyone
This is not the first project of this kind that comes on the market, and PolaPi developers themselves explain how the idea came from the camera PrintSnap of Polatherm and PiPrint, all initiatives pursued a similar goal.

The necessary components are:
  • Raspberry Pi 2 (39,95 euros)
  • Module Raspberry Camera (27,95 euros)
  • PiTFT screen Adafruit ($ 34.95)
  • Mini thermal printer from Adafruit ($ 49.95)
  • Battery 3600 mAh (18.30 euros)
  • Converter voltage ($ 3.90)
  • A switch buttons
  • Case

In HackADay.io explain the whole process of assembly including installing the Linux distribution, management programs the camera to see the captured image previewed and, of course, the small Java program whose code is on GitHub - need to print on thermal printer image. The result is as modest say, but that does not mean to be just as great.

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