Timelapse+ : what is it?
The Timelapse+ is first and foremost an intervalometer, or timer device, for automatically triggering SLR cameras. It is very powerful and flexible for doing time-lapse photography. Beyond that, it will have Low-Energy Bluetooth for connecting with accessories, including newer smartphones.
It can interface to Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Sony, Pentax and Minolta SLR cameras and more (as long as they have a connection for a cable release). The adaptor cables plug in to a 2.5mm jack on the Timelapse+ device. The adaptor cable for the camera you specify will be shipped with your device. Click here for the latest list of supported cameras.
What you see in the pictures is a prototype. The name has changed since the prototype you see in the photos, and the final design will be injection molded with black ABS plastic. It's still in development, so there's more features yet to come! Have ideas? Let me know!
Be sure to check back often for updates and more videos and photos as the development continues! After the project is complete, you can find out more and buy the device from http://www.timelapseplus.com
What makes it different?
Yes, there are other devices out there. Why this one? You can do more. As an intervalometer, you can set a delayed start, the interval, length of exposure in tenths of a second (or let the camera do it), how many exposures per interval (for HDR!) with a different duration for each exposure, and more. And, the firmware will be OPEN SOURCE! So anyone can build upon it and try new things.
Here are the intervalometer features:
- Take an unlimited number of photos
- Take sets of photos per interval for HDR (up to 10)
- Each exposure in the set can be set to a different duration
- 1/10 second resolution for the interval and BULB duration
- BULB ramping - shift exposure smoothly during the timelapse (to be implemented)
- Auto BULB ramping based on the light meter (to be implemented)
Three important things govern the design:
- Ease of use
- Flexibility and Extendability
It's easy to setup and the large screen lets you see everything you need to know at a glance, yet it supports complex timing configurations.
The Low-Energy Bluetooth interface (OPTIONAL) allows for future expansion and support for accessories such as sensors for automatically tripping the shutter and even smartphones. The bluetooth component has yet to be developed so there's a lot more to come in that area. If you have ideas or requests for sensors, I'd love to know about them! Click here for more info on the Bluetooth option.
With the IR remote it can trigger the camera without needing to be connected (for cameras with an IR receiver).
The light sensor can also be used to trigger the camera (upon reaching a certain threshold, e.g., lightening) or to vary the length of exposure automatically (to be implemented). It's also used for automatically dimming the screen.
What are the funds for?
The funding goal is needed in order to produce the Timelapse+ at a large enough quantity to have an affordable price, as well as to cover startup expenses including FCC approval and injection mold fabrication for the case.
Thanks for taking the time to check out the Timelapse+! Feel free to contact me with any questions concerning the project. And check back often for project updates as the development continues!
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