YouTuber Kevin McAleer wanted a portable, sturdy all-in-one Raspberry Pi-powered camera, so he designed one himself. Meet PIKON.
Kevin was inspired by the DSLR camera he looks at every time he livestreams, so he set about creating something a bit like it in Fusion 360.
His plan was to be able to use this a high quality webcam, as well as something he can take outside and take good pictures with.
- Raspberry Pi 4
- Raspberry Pi High Quality Camera Module
- Wide-angle lens for the camera from Pimoroni
- Waveshare 3.5″ display (connects directly to a Raspberry Pi via GPIO)
- NanoWave battery pack (“powers the Pi for hours,” Kevin says)
Everything is held together inside a 3D-printed chassis. The shutter button is also custom-made. And the adorably titled Bottom (linked from the original project post) is what you need to print to keep everything inside the chassis.
Give the project video a watch to find out how Kevin made everything, in real time, on one of his livestreams.
Kevin plans to build a Python app that can run on the Raspberry Pi 4 that’s tucked inside the chassis. He hopes it will be able to record video clips and photos, and apply filters. And seeing as he’s used a “full blown” Raspberry Pi 4, he wants to livestream from this camera too.
Kevin is also up for tweaking his design, so drop a comment below if you have an idea to make the chassis better or more durable.
Open source fun for everyone
All of Kevin’s projects are open source. If you want to make your own PIKON, you can download the STL files for free.