Estefannie’s GPS-Controlled GoPro Photo Taker

Are you tired of having to take selfies physically? Do you only use your GoPro for the occasional beach vacation? Are you maybe even wondering what to do with the load of velcro you bought on a whim? Then we have good news for you: Estefannie‘s back to help you out with her Personal Automated GPS-Controlled Portable Photo Taker…PAGCPPT for short…or pagsssspt, if you like.

The Personal Automated GPS-Controlled Portable Photo Taker

Try saying that five times in a row.

Go on. I’ll wait.

Using a Raspberry Pi 3, a GPS module, a power pack, and a GoPro plus GoPro Stick, Estefannie created the PAGCPPT as a means of automatically taking selfies at pre-specified tourist attractions across London.

Estefannie Explains it All Raspberry Pi GPS GoPro Camera

There’s pie in my backpack too…but it’s a bit messy

With velcro and hot glue, she secured the tech in place on (and inside) a backpack. Then it was simply a case of programming her set up to take pictures while she walked around the city.

Estefannie Explains it All Raspberry Pi GPS GoPro Camera

Making the GoPro…go

Estefannie made use of a GoPro API library to connect her GoPro to the Raspberry Pi via WiFi. With the help of this library, she wrote a Python script that made the GoPro take a photograph whenever her GPS module placed her within a ten-metre radius of a pre-selected landmark such as Tower Bridge, Abbey Road, or Platform 9 3/4.

Estefannie Explains it All Raspberry Pi GPS GoPro Camera

“Accio selfie.”

The full script, as well as details regarding the components she used for the project, can be found on her page here.

Estefannie Explains it All

You’ll have noticed that we’ve covered Estefannie once or twice before on the Raspberry Pi blog. We love project videos that convey a sense of ‘Oh hey, I can totally build one of those!’, and hers always tick that box. They are imaginative, interesting, quirky, and to be totally honest with you, I’ve been waiting for this particular video since she hinted at it on her visit to Pi Towers in May. I got the inside scoop, yo!

Make sure to follow her on YouTube and Instagram for more maker content and random shenanigans. And if you have your own maker social media channel, YouTube account, blog, etc, this is your chance to share it for the world to see in the comments below!


AbuTaj avatar

I’ve a personal blog and I’ve worked on Raspberry pi to solve the social problem. What I need to do to share it here.

Alex Bate avatar

Copy the URL here.

Alex Bate avatar

I must take a moment to direct people to the video description on YouTube. Specifically the musical inspiration section

musical influence section

My Harry Potter meowing is becoming a thing of legend.

Herapus avatar

And why not just a gopro app to take a picture?

It’s simpler.

Niels avatar

What a great solution! Can imagine it would be funny to control a cloud of PAGCPPT remotely :). I wasn’t aware of the Gopro API library, sounds like a powerful tool. I even see the option to stream from the Gopro. Will have a closer look later.

Dougie Lawson avatar

Now I’m going to have to download and play with the GoPro API library and my Hero+.

That’s something I didn’t know existed.

Jola avatar

Yeah its very usefull! I cant wait to test it with my bussines. :D I have very creative idea…

Martyn Cole avatar

And they say taking pictures with an ipad makes you look like an idiot!

Fester Bestertester avatar

I’ve attempted to get NZ’s Education system to promote the Raspberry Pi ecosystem (along with another potent multi-faceted educational activity – Amateur Radio) in its “range of guidance in technology teaching and learning” (that copied from their vague reply). I’ve not been able to elicit any response to my request for more specifics. :(

Mike Gregory avatar

Looks useful! Big help walking around alone. Perfect for bloggers!

AndrewS avatar

But who was there to take pictures of Estefannie using her PAGCPPT? ;-)

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