Portal Cam connects different places and different times. It conveys the moment by something physical rather than digital. It starts as an exploration to bring more community awareness in the CodeLab. Inspired by the Polaroid instant camera, I built a camera case with a button that resembles the shutter button on the camera so the users can intuitively understand the design.
How it works
When the user presses the button on one of the cameras, it will first take a picture of you and upload it to the other camera. Then it will print a latest picture from the other camera’s uploads. A Portal Cam consists of a Raspberry Pi, a USB Webcam and a thermal receipt printer. The case is laser-cut black acrylic. The sync mechanism is achieved using Dropbox-Uploader. All the programs are written in Python2.