Camera Dimensions 113.5 x 41.5 x 60mm
Image resolution 1024 x 768pixel
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. TaskCam Paper is available in both left and right-handed configurations.
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. he device requires a custom Arduino shield, which you can buy online at cost price, or make yourself using open-source plans we provide. Smart power management means that two AA batteries provide more than enough power for an entire user study.
List of all the components to assemble the TaskCam Left
TaskCam Arduino shield available here
Arduino Uno or compatible
2 sheets of A4 paper or card (270 gsm) to lasercut or cut by hand
Micro SD card
2 x AA batteries
2 x M3 10mm machine screws (supplied with the TaskCam Arduino shield)
2 x M3 nuts (supplied with the TaskCam Arduino shield)
2 x M3 Nylon Standoffs 10mm (supplied with the TaskCam Arduino shield)
1 x M3 Nylon nut (supplied with the TaskCam Arduino shield)
Camera leads (supplied with the TaskCam Arduino shield)
Battery leads (supplied with the TaskCam Arduino shield)
List of handy equipment
Lasercutter or paper cutting scalpel and rule
Small Phillips screwdriver (cross head)
Small Phillips screwdriver (flat head)
Double-sided tape or glue
Micro SD card reader
Download files to make the case
Please note: if you have downloaded the file before, your file might be called q(1).txt and needs to be changed to q.txt for the TaskCam software to recognise the file.
Step 24 Progressively begin to stick tabs in place as shown in the following sequence of photographs.
Step 29 Progressively begin to stick tabs in place as shown in the following sequence of photographs.
How to use
Turn camera on by pressing and holding the shutter / power button.
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.
The camera with switch off automatically or by pressing and holding the shutter / power button.