The perfect miniature USB remote?

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The perfect miniature USB remote?
« on: 10 / May / 2009, 13:40:53 »
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Update june 14th 2010: I have posted a new set of pictures on Flickr that show the complete process of building these switches:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/fvdk3d/sets/72157624151791739/

I have been searching a long time to find the best solution to make a USB remote and I think I have found it  ::)

I have made several types of switches, all using the same type of LED light.
If anyone is interested, I sell these LED lights for US$ 10.- for 4 each including worldwide shipping or US$ 17.50 for 8 each including worldwide shipping.

If you are not comfortable with building your own, I also sell ready build remotes for $20.- (single USB cable) or $25.- (double cable for SDM) including worldwide shipping.

The SDM remotes include two right angled adapters or alternatively, can be made with left angled USB cables.

Additionally, I also sell Motorola SKN6182A right angled adapters for $2.- each and multi card readers that are modified to ignore the lock switch for $7.50 each.



Some of the USB remotes that I made for use with CHDK and Stereo Data Maker.



This picture shows how the components of the CHDK / Stereo Data Maker USB remote and how it should be assembled.

I use the remotes with the 4 AG3 batteries that are supplied with the LED lights.

Some people are reluctant to use 4 batteries because that gives 6 volts but since the camera only uses this voltage as a logical signal, this is perfectly safe.

However, if you want to use just 4,5 volts, you can also use 3 AG5 batteries or use just 3 AG3 batteries + a short spring.

As you can see, when the batteries are put in the supplied plastic sleeve, this just looks like a neat factory made battery.



This picture shows how the USB cable(s) are soldered to the PCB of the LED light.

The side with the switch is the V- side.

Afterwards, the connection is covered with a drop of two components glue to provide strain relief.




Frans
« Last Edit: 14 / June / 2010, 18:33:02 by fvdk »

Re: The perfect miniature USB remote?
« Reply #1 on: 20 / November / 2009, 12:52:28 »
Hello. Are you still selling these?

How can I determine if this remote cable will work with a Powershot SX100 IS?


What is SDM? :(

Thanks.


Re: The perfect miniature USB remote?
« Reply #2 on: 20 / November / 2009, 13:10:07 »
http://stereo.jpn.org/eng/sdm/index.htm


Click on 'FVDK'  to see member details and email address.
« Last Edit: 20 / November / 2009, 13:26:39 by Microfunguy »

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Re: The perfect miniature USB remote?
« Reply #3 on: 20 / November / 2009, 17:05:05 »
Yes, I am still selling these.
It will work with any camera that is mentioned on the SDM homepage so it will also work with your SX100 IS.

Regards,
Frans van de Kamp


Re: The perfect miniature USB remote?
« Reply #4 on: 20 / November / 2009, 23:11:27 »
Is this the SDM homepage? http://stereo.jpn.org/eng/sdm/index.htm

What else will I need to do so that your USB remote works with my camera?


Re: The perfect miniature USB remote?
« Reply #5 on: 21 / November / 2009, 05:20:00 »
What else will I need to do so that your USB remote works with my camera?


Nothing.

You can use CHDK if you wish.

Re: The perfect miniature USB remote?
« Reply #6 on: 21 / November / 2009, 08:57:49 »
What benefits would CHDK offer when using this USB remote?

The remote will operate the shutter without CHDK?

What methods of payment do you accept?

Thanks.

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Re: The perfect miniature USB remote?
« Reply #7 on: 21 / November / 2009, 09:57:18 »
What benefits would CHDK offer when using this USB remote?

The remote will operate the shutter without CHDK?

What methods of payment do you accept?

Im not sure if I understand your question.

The remote will not work without CHDK / SDM

With CHDK or SDM it is just what the name says it is, a device to remotely operate the shutter(s).

SDM is a special version of CHDK which makes it possible to synchronize two cameras for 3D stereo photography. So If you want to use SDM for that purpose, you will need a remote with two cables.
If you want to use just one camera, you can use CHDK or SDM, which ever you prefer and you will need a remote with just one cable.

I accept payment via Paypal.

Regards,
Frans


Re: The perfect miniature USB remote?
« Reply #8 on: 21 / November / 2009, 11:11:54 »


Im not sure if I understand your question.

The remote will not work without CHDK / SDM

With CHDK or SDM it is just what the name says it is, a device to remotely operate the shutter(s).

SDM is a special version of CHDK which makes it possible to synchronize two cameras for 3D stereo photography. So If you want to use SDM for that purpose, you will need a remote with two cables.
If you want to use just one camera, you can use CHDK or SDM, which ever you prefer and you will need a remote with just one cable.

I accept payment via Paypal.

Regards,
Frans

In your previous post you said that I could use CHDK if I wished. I thought that meant it was an option. Can you point me to a source that explains (in layman's terms) how to use/install CHDK?


How long are the cables for the single cable remotes? Are there any issues (such as voltage drop) if I use a 'long' cable?

If I prefer to use 3 AG3 batteries, where can I find a suitable spring?

Can you explain a little more how '$7.50 are multi Card readers which have been modified to ignore the lock switch on the SD card' are used?

Do I send payment to the email address in your setepontos profile?

Regards.

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Re: The perfect miniature USB remote?
« Reply #9 on: 21 / November / 2009, 13:01:34 »
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Can you point me to a source that explains (in layman's terms) how to use/install CHDK?

For CHDK, the easiest way is to use Cardtricks http://chdk.wikia.com/wiki/Cardtricks

there is also a pictured installation guide http://chdk.wikia.com/wiki/CHDK/Installing_with_Cardtricks

For SDM, the easiest way is to use the sdminste.exe which is included in the common files download

For full instructions see http://stereo.jpn.org/eng/sdm/quick.htm

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How long are the cables for the single cable remotes? Are there any issues (such as voltage drop) if I use a 'long' cable?

The cable length is up to 110 cm so you can specify which length you desire. There are no issues for using a long cable.

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If I prefer to use 3 AG3 batteries, where can I find a suitable spring?

I will include one if needed or you can shorten a spring from a ballpoint pen.

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Can you explain a little more how '$7.50 are multi Card readers which have been modified to ignore the lock switch on the SD card' are used?

The card reader is used just like any other ordinary card reader. The only difference is that the card reader has been modified to ignore the lock switch so you can write to the card or delete files from the card even if the switch is in the lock position.

http://chdk.setepontos.com/index.php/topic,1664.msg33945.html#msg33945

The card needs to be in the locked position in order for CHDK or SDM to auto-load on the camera.
The lock switch is not a physical protection, it's position is recognized by the software and normally this will prevent the camera from writing files to the card. CHDK and SDM ignore this setting and instead use it to auto-load.
The modification on the card reader makes Windows think that the card is writable.

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Do I send payment to the email address in your setepontos profile?

No, I will send you a personal message with my e-mail address for Paypal payments.

Frans






 

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