Cameras: Let Them Build it and They Will Come

Cameras: Let Them Build it and They Will Come


What better way to get kids involved in photography than by having them build the camera themselves. The idea behind the recent Computer Vision Lab at Columbia University as they have developed a camera kit with which kids can learn photography by actually building their own camera.

The BigShot kit will expose children to fundamental concepts in optics, mechanics, electromagnetism, electronics, image processing, and the physiology of the human eye, the researchers explain, to also draw them toward further learning in math and science.  

The camera kit contains parts ready to be assembled. The finished camera is powered by a battery or by spinning a crank. Optics options will include normal, anamorphic, and stereo prism.  

The lab is now testing prototypes of the kits.

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