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Not drunk enough? No picture for you!

December 7, 2011

Hey Cindy, I think you're probably drunk enough to get your photo taken now. Cindy? Cindy? Oh well.

As I was writing up the user guide to the Triggertrap, I was googling around to find out what kind of sensors you could conceivably connect to the Aux port of the device. I came across a sensor I didn’t even realise existed: An Alcohol Gas Sensor.

Brilliant. Spectacularly brilliant. Why? Because it gave me an idea for a completely novel way to use the Triggertrap that I hadn’t thought up quite yet. You probably see where this is going already, because once you know that such a thing as an Alcohol Gas Sensor exists, the idea writes itself:

The Wobbly Photo Booth.

For parties, rig up a ‘photo booth’, connected to the Triggertrap, that measures the alcohol content of your breath. If you’re sloshed enough, it’ll take a photo of you!

To create something this awesome, all you need is a $4.95 Alcohol Gas Sensor wired to your Triggertrap, like this:

An Alcohol-Gas meter is all you need to create a 'wobbly photo booth'

Now, you need to calibrate the device. You can either use mathematics, or you use a reference: Pick someone who seems quite inebriated, and get them to blow on the alcohol sensor. Set the Threshold on the Triggertrap’s Aux sensor to the value they just blew, and get everybody to try.

Get ready to Facebook a gallery only of the most sloshed people at your party! Fabulous.

Of course, the Wobbly Photo Booth is simply one of many, many other sensors you could use to trigger your cameras.

This little project illustrates why I’m so excited that we included an Aux port on the Triggertrap – it opens up for all sorts of crazy and creative uses of the device, letting trigger the camera using literally anything you can think of.

What’s your favourite crazy idea for the Triggertrap?

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Per permalink
    December 9, 2011 13:07

    My crazy idea? A pheromone sensor! Put two people in front of such a sensor connected to Triggertrap etc, and if they’re in love they will have their photo taken. Kissing may help trigger the device. It can of course also be used for measuring how in love you are by setting thresholds differently: maximum sensitivity – marriage of reason, minimum sensitivity – Romeo and Juliet, turned off – Tristan and Isolde. Voila.


  2. James permalink
    January 3, 2012 20:30

    Methane gas sensor? Fill the photo booth with ‘gas’ and you get your picture taken. )

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