Long ago we discovered projects that were born with the intention of combining Free Hardware and old photography devices. This had its success and as proof of this we have components and accessories for that sole purpose. In this field, the polarized printers that can be connected to SBC boards stand out.
Adafruit has taken advantage of the pull and created these interesting components. But more interesting is what can be achieved with it as a PolaPi-Zero.
The PolaPi-Zero project is a photographic camera It works the same as the old Polaroid cameras, that is, it does not save the images but prints them directly on paper through a polarized printer.
PolaPi-Zero uses a Raspberry Pi Pi Zero board, which makes it possible that in a short space we can have the polarized printer and the SBC board, not to mention the low price that this has. We also use the famous PiCam, an accessory increasingly used by users.
PolaPi-Zero is an updated recreation of the old Polaroid camera
In this model, next to these components, we will need buttons, a housing and a power supply for the Pi Zero board. In the model explained in the web Hackaday, an LCD board is used, something interesting if we want to save paper, but if we do not care, we can do without this element and have an old polarized camera. In any case, on the website mentioned above you will find everything you need to build a similar camera. From the list of components to the necessary software for it.
Personally, PolaPi-Zero seems like an interesting project, not only for photography lovers but also for those who may need a polarized printer, either as a fast camera, or as a ticket printer, etc ... Many functions that can come cheaply thanks to this project or thanks to our imagination.