Joaquín de prada in Opensx70 6 minutes

Dongle-porn

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As you all know openSX70 is a new PCB for the SX70 camera. So the only visible part is the control module, that I call dongle.

Originally I did make it out of protoboard, just to test the concept.

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It is more complex than existing options. I did not only want the selection wheel with 16 options. I wanted a LED and a flash socket, and also two switches for options.

Some people have complained that the there is no need for a second switch, that makes the camera too complex. Maybe. But I am going to stick with it.

The next iteraction of the dongle was the uDongle (as un UGLY dongle). It is just a small pcb to get rid of the protoboard. It has gone through various iteractions.

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It was not thought as something that could be used in an enclosure. But I was wrong. Clément Grosjean a photographer and the organizer of the incredible Polaroid Festival. was able to build a 3D printed enclosure, and it looks really really nice!

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We have many promises, but Clement is the only one that has an actual enclosure. Good work!

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Some people wanted to do something minimalistic, trying to alter the camera the lesser the better. Like Jan de Paepe, he is a mechanical engineer that is working on projects for space, optics, robotics and injection moulding. . He came up with the idea for this:

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I thought the idea was amazing, and picked up on it:

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And then from there I designed a few boards:

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Made some mock-ups:

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And finally the actual PCBs:

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I was also thrilled to see that Jan was building en enclosure based on origami!

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With Santi the idea was to built something completely new from the outside. That means that based on his designs in time I will do the corresponding PCBs. I am very excited about this one.

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There is also other radical designs, like the following based on Marco’s idea. Here the dongle is connected via the flat cable, and has built-in USB.

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Please remember that openSX70 is dongle-agnostic. Please comment and let us know what you think!

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