Jamie has made sweet innovations allowing the Samsung tablet to act as a remote camera control for the Android phone. He also hooked up the phone to a GoPro. At left is a short video demonstration.
The main idea is to remotely position a camera that may be on a kite (100m in the sky, or in another country) using Android devices. At the kite side is an Android phone which is relaying images from its camera to the ground, and controlling two servomotors that can pan and tilt the phone. On the ground is an Android tablet on which the image stream from the kite can be viewed and the pan and tilt is controlled. Control of the pan and tilt has several modes, including one in which the orientation of the ground-based device is matched by the remote device, so the user pans and tilts the tablet to achieve the same motion by the camera phone.
Optionally attached to the camera pan/tilt platform is a GoPro HD Hero camera, which can be remotely started and stopped from the ground over the same interface. This way, the phone camera serves as a low resolution preview of the high quality video or images that can be selectively captured by the GoPro.Return to News