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Sending a "1" to the usb port to control the shutter of another camera

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Re: Sending a "1" to the usb port to control the shutter of another camera
« Reply #10 on: 27 / September / 2009, 20:07:18 »
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Any idea on how to send a bit to the usb of the IXUS?

No, you cannot do that.

David

Hi david,

Can I take this to mean that it's not possible to have two cameras communicating via a USB cable?

I expect you to say "it is not possible" since otherwise SDM would use it!  (I'm thinking about one camera being the "master" and sending its shooting settings to the "slave"...)

So is it because we have not figured out how to do it, or is it a hard limitation of how the hardware and/or USB specification works?  If it's just lack of knowledge I would be keen to search for it, cause I'm really interested by this.  But if you know it is not possible for sure, I'll save my time.

Sorry if these are stupid and/or obvious questions.  I am a bit new to this.

Cheers
rling

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Re: Sending a "1" to the usb port to control the shutter of another camera
« Reply #11 on: 27 / September / 2009, 21:55:48 »
Well, if I were you, I'd just use a PIC with a phototransistor. The PICs are very cheap, like 1-2 bucks a piece. The programmer is 30 bucks or so, but you you will have a lot of fun and much more versatility.

Re: Sending a "1" to the usb port to control the shutter of another camera
« Reply #12 on: 28 / September / 2009, 04:39:50 »

> I'm thinking about one camera being the "master" and sending its shooting settings to the "slave"

This has been done.
The author has been occupied with other business for the last four weeks but should resume soon.

The master camera blinks the blue led to communicate with an ATTiny PIC.
The PIC then sends the settings to the slave using USB.
The cameras can be highly synchronised.
The code will be made freely available and ported to SDM and a branch of CHDK.

It is not known how to communicate via USB.
EWAVR did play around with turning one of the USB data lines high and low but there were various restrictions, I cannot remember what.



David
« Last Edit: 28 / September / 2009, 04:44:34 by Microfunguy »

Re: Sending a "1" to the usb port to control the shutter of another camera
« Reply #13 on: 28 / September / 2009, 17:24:29 »

> I'm thinking about one camera being the "master" and sending its shooting settings to the "slave"

This has been done.
The code will be made freely available and ported to SDM and a branch of CHDK.

David

Thanks for sharing, that is great news!
I am keen to take it underwater so I'll be waiting to see if the electronics can be miniaturised enough to fit in the dead spaces in the housings, and can use optical signaling between housings so I don't need to get the drill out....

Cheers
rling


Re: Sending a "1" to the usb port to control the shutter of another camera
« Reply #14 on: 10 / October / 2009, 10:42:39 »
Thanks for sharing, that is great news!


Maybe not.

I know he is very busy with his work so I have just contacted him for an update.
He is saying that work will not resume until December or February.

I do have the programmed microcontroller, if I have time I may be able to play with it before then.

People are always busy, just like you probably are   ;)


David

 

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