The Random Thoughts of a Geek heading for Banbury
The Random Thoughts of a Geek heading for Banbury

Build-A-Bug Photobooth

For Manchester Makerfest 2015 Bob and I built a Tweeting Photo booth, for use with the bug workshop, the main part is a Raspberry Pi. This is a project I have been thinking about doing for a while.

The Raspberry Pi was set up how I normally set them up, a lot of the hard work has been done previously, Our alterations are in GitHub.


  • Raspberry Pi
  • Raspberry Pi Camera
  • An Enclosure
  • WiFi Card
  • A Giant Button!
  • A Build-A-BUG! bug

How to:

  1. You will want to set up the Raspberry Pi as standard, and get WiFi working (Our wifi fell over and caused the software to be buggy, perhaps a fixed Ethernet cable is better).
  2. Get the Pi to auto log into the GUI (I know this is almost unheard of for me!).

Get the code you need:

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade
sudo apt-get install graphicsmagick -y
sudo apt-get install python-pip</ol>

sudo apt-get install python-picamera
git clone ~/photobooth

You will want to run automagically on boot, so we need to change a few things in the .xsession config file:

to get the Button to take photos, and for the bug eyes to flash we will need to interface to the GPIO pins on the Pi.

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