I love the Pix-E camera by Nick and Shayna Brewer, but I thought it would be neat if it also had a flash attachment, so that it could take better pics in low light situations.
I modified the camera by altering the body to accept a “flash” housing. I modeled the housing in 123D Design to accept a 20mm Transparent LED Lens Reflector Collimator (8 Degree). I glued an 940nm super bright 5mm IR LED into the back of the reflector using E6000, and used a PI NoIR camera module instead of the regular PI Camera module.
There wasn’t a lot of space in the flash corner for screws, so the flash housing snaps into holes I made in my remixed body, and the LED goes through a central hole between the clip holes. I also modified the back to more tightly fit a Breadboard-friendly SPDT Slide Switch (I bought mine on Adafruit).
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