Make your own stereo digital camera for under $25

Instructions for hacking a couple of $11 Dakota digital cameras into a stereo digital camera rig. You’ll need a couple of Dakotas, two male USB ports (salvaged from mice) and some Lego. Apparently you can get these “disposable” cameras from Wolf and Ritz Camera stores, though I haven’t tried.

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This site will be handy for figuring out the USB pinouts.

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  • Yep, it works and as far as I know you can still get the cameras at Wolf/Ritz. I haven’t used it in a while because I gave one of the cameras to my oldest kid. I noticed that the quality of the cameras were a little unpredictable (color was off, focus was not flat, center of the picture was different on each camera…) so I didn’t spend a whule bunch of time on making a better mount than the LEGO one I started with. I have been working on a better DIY FAQ. I hope to have it posted in a few days. BTW, thanks for liking the project!

  • Yep, it works and as far as I know you can still get the cameras at Wolf/Ritz. I haven’t used it in a while because I gave one of the cameras to my oldest kid. I noticed that the quality of the cameras were a little unpredictable (color was off, focus was not flat, center of the picture was different on each camera…) so I didn’t spend a whule bunch of time on making a better mount than the LEGO one I started with. I have been working on a better DIY FAQ. I hope to have it posted in a few days. BTW, thanks for liking the project!

  • akay

    ahhh… yes. the famous ritz-special dakota! they’ve been making them for years. the dakota point-and-shoot doesn’t even make it into the “happy-snappy” category. instead, my friend rick, whom i worked with at ritz camera when i was in high school, give it its own special category and dubbed it the “crappy-snappy”.

  • akay

    ahhh… yes. the famous ritz-special dakota! they’ve been making them for years. the dakota point-and-shoot doesn’t even make it into the “happy-snappy” category. instead, my friend rick, whom i worked with at ritz camera when i was in high school, give it its own special category and dubbed it the “crappy-snappy”.

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