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Timelapse Kit
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The **Public Lab Timelapse Kit**: fight polluters by catching them on film! _Above image via @glennwalquist -- [read more](/notes/glennwalquist/12-04-2016/monitoring-sargent-sand-mining-operation-in-ludington-michigan#c16131)_ A number of folks are working across the Public Lab network to set up cheap #timelapse cameras. Help out and hold polluters accountable! ## How it works It doesn't completely -- yet! We're testing this approach in a few places around the country, and looking to prove it out more. But the basic idea is to point a timelapse camera at a place where you hope to catch pollution happening, to collect evidence and to pressure them to stop. [![Screen_Shot_2017-02-28_at_2.34.17_PM.png](https://publiclab.org/system/images/photos/000/019/690/medium/Screen_Shot_2017-02-28_at_2.34.17_PM.png)](https://publiclab.org/system/images/photos/000/019/690/original/Screen_Shot_2017-02-28_at_2.34.17_PM.png) (above, timelapse of [blasting at a mountaintop removal site](/notes/LauraChipley/09-18-2015/hacking-trail-cameras-to-document-blasts-on-mountaintop-removal-sites#c16250) via @LauraChipley) This could be used at: * refineries * mine sites * industrial facilities * anywhere you can safely place the camera ## How to help We're collecting well-documented examples of this technique in action, and we need: * great photos of camera setups * example footage * easy instructions on how to share your images ## Questions [questions:timelapse] **** ## Try it out We're organizing meet-ups to assemble kits, test them out, document and install them, so that lots of people have a chance to learn how to do this and spread the word. The basic kit is based on: > $103 (with 16g SD card) [Crenova Trail Camera](https://www.amazon.com/dp/B016OASTDY/) - 12 megapixel, 8 AA batteries (note that it's actually 5 megapixels, but it stretches images up to 12, unfortunately) Get in touch (jeff@publiclab.org) to organize a local group to assemble, document, and test, and report back how it goes. **** ## Activities [activities:timelapse] **** **Flyer handouts:** timelapse-kit-card.pdf and 4-up version for printing: timelapse-kit-card-4up.pdf **** [![tmp_15415-IMG_20170214_121228_354-1789056372.jpg](https://publiclab.org/system/images/photos/000/019/546/large/tmp_15415-IMG_20170214_121228_354-1789056372.jpg)](https://publiclab.org/system/images/photos/000/019/546/original/tmp_15415-IMG_20170214_121228_354-1789056372.jpg) (Above, prototype box mock-up) ...


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xose "Hi @icarito! What we have done with our ANOIAcam in relation to the battery is to open a regular powerbank and extract the lipo battery inside. Pow..." | Read more » about 4 years ago
icarito "Thanks @xose for your input! I've little to no experience with this sort of hacking and am still quite confused with a closing window to order the ..." | Read more » about 4 years ago
warren "(just testing something) [graph:/i/27694.csv] " | Read more » about 4 years ago
xose "Sorry, yes, the upper right is the solar panel. In relation to the battery needed I really don't know. As we turn it off for 57 minutes every hour,..." | Read more » about 4 years ago
xose "Hi @icarito! In that setup we're using this solar panel to lipo pcb, and from that to the Witty Pi energy manager → https://www.seeedstudio.com/LiP..." | Read more » about 4 years ago
icarito "Thanks xose! I love that setup, it looks so rugged! I've been doing some research on how to power the pi with solar. Is the plaque in the upper ri..." | Read more » about 4 years ago
xose "Hi Icarito. The project we're working with the witty pi energy manager is this. The case was made with a PVC tube and an external solar panel. Af..." | Read more » about 4 years ago
xose "Hi @dailyxeoto!! Here you can find a previous question on the matter with several tips ;D https://publiclab.org/questions/stevie/12-19-2016/advice..." | Read more » over 4 years ago
xose "Impressive Jeff. As soon as we check the outcome, this analysis will be carried on the pictures obtained ;) " | Read more » over 4 years ago
warren "@xose check this prototype out for your river timelapse project... Very crude but interesting? " | Read more » over 4 years ago
warren "Awesome!!! We're going to start distributing these with buttons and low-profile batteries soon at http://store.publiclab.org so including a button ..." | Read more » almost 5 years ago
cedarlodge "Here’s a basic guide to adding a tactile button to the GPIO pins: https://www.modmypi.com/blog/tutorial-tactile-switch For a neater package, i’d ..." | Read more » almost 5 years ago
liz "I would like to discuss some distributed data storage approaches to issues like this. " | Read more » almost 5 years ago
LauraChipley "@warren, thanks so much for this. Super helpful! " | Read more » about 5 years ago
warren "Lots of cameras and updates on this thread: https://publiclab.org/notes/LauraChipley/09-18-2015/hacking-trail-cameras-to-document-blasts-on-mountai..." | Read more » about 5 years ago
warren "There are some really cheap cameras on the market now; similar seeming in specs, maybe better cameras, but as low as $55: $60: AKASO Trail Camera..." | Read more » about 5 years ago
warren "Awesome, i added this info to the new activities on configuring Mobius cams: https://publiclab.org/wiki/infragram-point-shoot#Activities Thanks!!! " | Read more » about 5 years ago
warren "Hi, @bkleist - have you run the cameras for a while now? Caught anything good? We'd love to hear from you! " | Read more » about 5 years ago
warren "Just found a good video for this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qWRyZDxtZ1I " | Read more » over 5 years ago
samwf "@cfastie: The spam accounts are multiplying! Thanks again. I'll be collecting data in the field over the next few weeks. I'll let you know how I g..." | Read more » over 5 years ago
cfastie "I think the answers to your latest questions depend a lot on the sfm software you will be using. Some online services don't use GPS data, so it won..." | Read more » over 5 years ago
samwf "@cfastie: thanks again for your feedback! Re: cameras, I have access to a friend's Fujifilm X100s. It has a fixed focal length, and it's easy to p..." | Read more » over 5 years ago
samwf "Thanks @LucyTaylor! It's a smartphone panorama. I took it on the morning of my birthday at Winspit Cove (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winspit). I..." | Read more » over 5 years ago
LucyTaylor "All the science aside - that is a beautiful photo you have there at the top. A truly mesmerizing view. " | Read more » over 5 years ago