Well I’m back from my short break away and arrived home to my inbox filled up with forum activation emails which I’ve identified a large sample as spam bots related. So to kickstart the forums off again I’ve upgraded to the latest version of phpBB3 which has much better features especially in the user management and (anti)spam areas. All users and posts have successfully been migrated, however that if anyone had registered and NOT received their activation email prior to the upgrade then please re-register, or contact me.
I’ve created a page for the trigger project and have just updated it all about the prototype and testing etc. Over the next few days I’ll be posting source, photos etc
Found here – http://blog.everythingrobotics.com/strobit
20/03/09 *UPDATE * This project now has a new home and is actively being developed on Google code project hosting http://code.google.com/p/strobit/
IMPORTANT This page is no longer being being maintained please go to the new project page.
Welcome to the Strobit Triggr Project, an open source hackable wireless trigger used in photography lighting by using low cost strobe units triggered remotely via RF. This was started while trying to find a cost effective and reliable solution to the commercial alternatives out there. At one end of the market is the Ebay or Cactus Trigger, which is low cost but rather unreliable. At the other end of the market there is the industry standard, Pocket Wizards, very reliable, but very expensive (i.e. way out of my price range).
What I wanted to do was to create an open platform that anyone can easily build for a low cost and then be expand upon by the community. The pair of prototypes I’ve built were a proof of concept that I can get a camera to trigger a strobe unit reliably at a low cost. From early tests it appears that I’ve succeeded in my goal, but further testing is required.
Project Status :
– Prototype successfully working in single master/slave configuration !
– (20/03/2009) Project now has a home at Google Code – http://code.google.com/p/strobit/
- Hardware Design
- Software Design
- User Interface
- Hardware Prototype
The strobit hardware design is covered by The TAPR Open Hardware License. Please see http://www.tapr.org/ohl.html for further details.
Downloads – Files associated with the project
Tests – Tests done so Far
In the Wild – Version of this trigger made by others
I’m toying with the idea of putting together a low cost kit for the enthusiast. i.e. PCB, pre-programmed PIC, etc. So we could all benefit with a bulk order of the components. If your interested please email me using the contact form the top menu or use the mailing list signup on the right to give me an indication of numbers interested. Once I finaliaze the design and get some idea of numbers I’ll get a better idea of price. At the moment it will only be available in kit form due to FCC and other Licensing regulations.
- Higher Sync Speed.
- Frequency Hopping.
- Forward Error Correction.
- Power management.
- UI to change settings, Channel etc.
- Save settings in Flash memory.