Shout Activated Camera
An invention idea by Daniel Shimmin, age 4 and a half, made real by maker Alistair MacDonald.
“Someone shouts into a shouting device which is picked up by a microphone and triggers a camera.” Daniel Shimmin via parent.
Daniel met with maker Alistair to describe his idea in more detail. Alistair then made a working prototype.
“This is a simple idea from a shy four-and-a-half year old. When you shout something like “Boiled Sausages” it takes a picture. The physical design was a mound like shape with a stalk coloured “all of the colours”.
It took me a while to figure out what was at the top of the stalk. I was told it was “the thing that takes the picture” but it was not the sound sensor or any kind of switch. After a lot of thinking it I realised I was missing the obvious and it was the actual camera on the stalk.
The invention was built by “hacking” a traditional camera and adding a sound module to simulate the shutter button being pressed when it detects a loud sound. The body was vacuum formed and painted inside with acrylic paint.” Alistair MacDonald