High speed photography controller built to catch water droplets

One high-speed photography controller to rule them all. If you’re looking to photograph droplets of water splashing on a still reservoir this is the ticket. But if you’re not, it still offers an incredible amount of flexibility for other high-speed needs. Inside you’ll find an Arduino Mega, which has plenty of room to bend to your will.

[Michael Ross] is the man behind this box. He wanted a system that did it all; timings, droplet control, camera shutter, etc. What you can’t see in the image above is the interface panel on the back of this enclosure (this shot shows the top of the box). The video after the break will give you a look at the overall setup. It has ports to control two different light sources, detectors to snap the images using an infrared sensor or via sound (we’re thinking bullet photography), and four ports to control solenoid valves.

He produced a mammoth PDF tutorial which will guide even the biggest noob through the entire build process. Find it at his site linked above.

Comments

  1. 'Duino says:

    Somebody went on a sparkfun shopping spree! This thing is nice!

    What kind of latency does it have?

  2. MrX says:

    Mike, I love your summary. It is legible, it is funny and says it all.

    Thanks, keep them coming!

  3. JB says:

    Nice project and documentation. Gives me ideas to build my own.

  4. William says:

    For a most insane example of this kind of triggering (lasers, CCD line arrays, multiple flashes and cameras, etc), google for fotoopa.

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