Shout activated camera

Daniel Age 4

Sunderland, UK

This idea has been made real

Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK

Alastair is a maker with twenty years' experience of hardware and software development. He Specialises in the more unusual projects often working with start-ups and artists. He supports interactive Media Design to undergraduates at Northumbria University and in 2016.

Magnificent maker1 made real

Daniel met with maker Alistair to describe his idea in more detail. Alistair then made a working prototype.

“This is a simple idea from a shy four-and-a-half year old. When you shout something like “Boiled Sausages” it takes a picture. The physical design was a mound like shape with a stalk coloured “all of the colours”.

It took me a while to figure out what was at the top of the stalk. I was told it was “the thing that takes the picture” but it was not the sound sensor or any kind of switch. After a lot of thinking it I realised I was missing the obvious and it was the actual camera on the stalk. The invention was built by “hacking” a traditional camera and adding a sound module to simulate the shutter button being pressed when it detects a loud sound. The body was vacuum formed and painted inside with acrylic paint.”