Next Steps…

This is just a taster. Where you go next is up to you…
  • The camera board could be swapped out for the infrared-sensitive Pi NoIR camera.
  • The Icon and Button classes in the cam.py script are pretty rudimentary, but might be sufficient for your own touchscreen applications (whether photography-related or otherwise).
  • The camera code could be expanded to do new things. There are lots of camera settings we haven’t even touched. Other capabilities like a self-timer, intervalometer or motion detection could be added. Or capturing video.
Look at this embarrassing assemblage of rubber bands! There’s so much more that could be done here for a proper enclosure…perhaps even laser-cut or 3D-printed if you have access to such.
The package could be slimmed down considerably; there’s a huge amount of empty space between the PiTFT and Raspberry Pi (even more with a Model A board). Advanced makers could squeeze a slim LiPo battery and a 5V boost converter in there, connecting to the expansion header at the right edge of the TFT board instead of the side-protruding USB power connector. The result would be similar in size to some consumer point-and-shoot digital cameras.
This guide was first published on Jan 14, 2014. It was last updated on Dec 10, 2018. This page (Next Steps…) was last updated on May 04, 2015.