Feeds

PARIS hacked Canon: 108 minutes, 1,298 stills

Better batteries resolve PowerShot power-down

The smart choice: opportunity from uncertainty

The El Reg Paper Aircraft Released into Space (PARIS) team reckons it's fingered the reason for the Canon A560 power-down, and yes, it's a matter of the batteries, as many of you pointed out.

PARIS: Sponsored by Peer 1To recap, our main space payload will be packed with goodies including video camera, GPS tracking unit, mobile phone and the aforementioned Canon, which has been hacked with the splendid Canon Hack Development Kit to run an intervalometer script.

Well, our first test was going splendidly until the camera shut itself down after about 45 minutes. Various readers pointed out the A560's voracious appetite for battery juice, so we swapped the bog-standard Duracells for a couple of Panasonic Digital Xtreme Power AAs.

The result? No less than 1,298 stills over 108 minutes - until the memory card was packed to bursting. For the record, we've got a four gig SD card, and that's the maximum you can use with CHDK due to the FAT formatting required to run the software from the card. (However, see Tech Bootnote, below)

The upshot of this is that we'll probably extend the intervalometer interval to seven seconds, allowing by our reckoning two hours, 30 minutes shooting time. Sorted.

Here's our first test again. In response to your emails and comments*, yes it could do with a bit of music. By an amazing coincidence, we've got a man working on that...

Back at the test bench, meanwhile, we're waiting on delivery of some further kit which has been delayed due to that pesky and unpronounceable Icelandic ash generator. Hopefully, the GPS tracker and mobile phone (sensational details of just which phone follow shortly...) will be available for our entertainment sometime later this week. ®

Bootnote

* We're sorry that some of you just didn't find this vid exciting enough, lacking as it does Avatar-style 3D rendering, Natalie Portman, Skynet attack droids and voiceover by Morgan Freeman. We gather Daniel Craig's at a bit of a loose end, so we'll see if we can rope him in for our next production, to add a bit of spice.

Tech Bootnote

Thanks to those of you who pointed out you can use a bigger card for CHDK, if you partition it.

Eight steps to building an HP BladeSystem

More from The Register

next story
Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 claimed lives of HIV/AIDS cure scientists
Researchers, advocates, health workers among those on shot-down plane
Mwa-ha-ha-ha! Eccentric billionaire Musk gets his PRIVATE SPACEPORT
In the Lone Star State, perhaps appropriately enough
The Sun took a day off last week and made NO sunspots
Someone needs to get that lazy star cooking again before things get cold around here
Diary note: Pluto's close-up is a year from … now!
New Horizons is less than a year from the dwarf planet
Boffins discuss AI space program at hush-hush IARPA confab
IBM, MIT, plenty of others invited to fill Uncle Sam's spy toolchest, but where's Google?
Microsoft's anti-bug breakthrough: Wire devs to BRAIN SCANNERS
Clippy: It looks your hands are shaking, are you sure you want to commit this code?
prev story

Whitepapers

Seven Steps to Software Security
Seven practical steps you can begin to take today to secure your applications and prevent the damages a successful cyber-attack can cause.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
Build a business case: developing custom apps
Learn how to maximize the value of custom applications by accelerating and simplifying their development.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.