TaskCam Paper version 1
TaskCam Version 1.0 (version 2.0 here)
Camera Dimensions 100 x 38 x 62mm
Image resolution 640 x 480 pixel
TaskCams recreate the proven Cultural Probe technique of relabelling disposable cameras with requests for pictures. The Paper TaskCam is housed in a casing made from paper or light card, allowing it to appear as playful or elegant as required.
The Paper TaskCam has a small screen on the back that shows a scrollable list of requests for pictures. Researchers can load their own list of requests onto the camera to prepare for a study. When users take a picture, the image is tagged with the current request, and stored on a standard flash drive that can be removed for downloading.
The casing for the Paper TaskCam is constructed from two A4 sheets of card or paper, cut out according to the template we provide. The device requires a custom PCB, based on the Arduino platform, that you can make yourself or buy online. Two AA batteries provide enough power for days or weeks of occasional use.
List of all components to assemble the TaskCam Paper
Arduino Uno or compatible
Linksprite JPG Camera
2 sheets of A4 paper or card to lasercut or cut by hand download file here
AA battery holder
2 x AA batteries
2 x 3D printed button (power button, shutter button)
List of handy equipment
Lasercutter or paper cutting scalpel and rule
Double-sided tape or glue
How to use
- Turn camera on swiping the power button to the left. A red light flashes on backside and the display turns on
- Select a task with the left and right button next to the display
- Use the viewfinder to frame your picture, press the shutter button to take a picture that answers the task. The display graphic changes when a picture is taken
- Select your next task
- Turn off after use