Building your own digital camera from a kit is a fantastic way to learn about optics, mechanics, electromagnetism, electronics and image processing. Shree Nayar, a professor of computer science at Columbia University, is the creator of Bigshot, a build-it-yourself camera kit meant for learning, creativity, and fun. I had the chance to talk to Shree at World Maker Faire New York in September as the camera kit made its Maker Faire debut.
After building the camera and learning how it works, you can then experiment with framing, lighting, motion, and lens selection.
“What’s unique about the kit is that it allows you to juxtapose an experience in the sciences with an experience in the arts,” said Shree. It also has a crank on the side to charge the battery. “The whole idea here is to include features that would expose the kids to not just how a camera works, but rather a variety of science and engineering concepts related to the camera.”
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Bigshot Camera – DIY Digital Camera Kit: Build your very own digital camera with the Bigshot camera kit. It’s a no-solder clip-together kit to help anyone understand the electronic and mechanical systems required to build a digital camera. Read more.