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GoPro Hero5 Black Voice Control Fixture Finished!

As you may have seen if you’ve been following along here or on YouTube, I recently made a new fixture for my GoPro Hero5. The idea behind this is that it can use an audio signal controlled by an Arduino Nano to trigger the Hero5. Originally it didn’t work very well, but after some revisions outlined in the video below, it worked quite well “in the lab,” AKA my garage.

It’s sort of downplayed in the video, but once I took it to the beach, with its inherent wind and noise, things didn’t perform quite as well as I’d hoped. The device would often miss the “GoPro take a photo command.” Although frustrating, I was able to get it to take several panorama sequences, and stitched them together using Photoshop Elements (Amazon)*.

Here’s one I though twas pretty great. On the left side is the other end of the bench, the device is resting on, so I was able to get a roughly 180 degree view of everything automatically. I’m using this as my background on a dual-monitor setup, and I’m pretty impressed with how it looks that way!

Dunedin causeway panoramaI gave a very short summary of the initial build in the video embedded here, but if you’d like to see what went into the prototype, check out this post. Also, the title says “finished,” but is something like this ever really finished? In the back of my mind, I keep thinking that I could put even more holes on the top, or perhaps adapt it to work with my DSLR…Finished seems to be a relative term!

*I’m using PSE 13; 15 is linked there. Hopefully it’s even better.

GoPro Voice Panning Fixture

I recently purchased a GoPro Hero5 Black (Amazon), which after some initial reservations on my part, appears to be a giant step forward for documenting my projects. Hopefully I can do a full review elsewhere, but one thing that I think will be very useful—even though I thought it was a bit of a gimmick when I first read about it—is its voice control capability. This means that I can now take a picture of myself operating a drill naturally, or start and stop video snippets when needed, rather than filming way too much and editing later. It’s paid dividends already, and was used extensively while making the video seen here:

As for what it is, soon after getting this camera, it occurred to me that voice control would be an excellent way to interface with the GoPro Hero5 using a microcontroller. I should say, an excellent way for me to do this, a mechanical engineer with a decent grasp on basic electronics and programming, but not well-equipped to sniff out network signals or whatever. The idea was that I could record voice commands, Read more »

GoPro and Lighting Fixture From EMT Conduit

clamp-intro-1Sometimes ideas come together with the right parts to create something unexpected. After receiving a sample of Maker Pipe parts to examine, I procured several lengths of 3/4 inch EMT conduit to use it with. These parts are very much in their infancy, so it’s really cool to get a preview of this construction tool.

As cool as they are, after cutting conduit to the right length, it hit me that this type of conduit could instead be used with clamp lights to create an overhead lighting fixture. Though I sometimes wonder why I have so many unfinished projects, I immediately set this project aside to attach one of these pipes to my ceiling. The results can be seen in the video below:

Though I haven’t yet made the pipe cube I originally intended to, I did end up using Maker Pipe parts in this project. Someone had mentioned that another angle (or two actually) for my videos would improve the presentation. As seen in the second half of the video, I used this connection hardware to attach another piece of pipe vertically, creating a great mount for my GoPro camera.

The downside to my setup, with cord holding the conduit to the ceiling, is that the fixture tends to sway ever so slightly. Probably not a big deal for lighting, but it can be distracting while filming. Perhaps if I let it settle down for a while before things start, that would help.

I suppose not-quite-perfection what happens when inspiration strikes for a second time when your project is nearly done! You can see overhead video results at around 3:40. Not perfect, but it should make a fun new angle.

I’m curious as to what people think about my voice narration versus subtitles on this video. If you have an opinion, please let me know here or on the video comments! Also, any comments about the very end would be welcome too!