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TimeLapse Software (Sunpak Hack)

With the progress that I have made with the Sunpak AP-200W, I thought it would be nice to write software to control it. I currently have available the commands to tilt up/Down, Pan left/Right. Number of pictures and interval.

Well, here are some screenshots. of how it looks I will post video of it working with the Sunpak Pan/Tilt head. I will also publish all working Arduino files and vb.Net Project.


Sunpak AP-200W Arduino Hack (Part 3)

Well today I started to edit the sketch that will control the firmware for the Sunpak AP-200W. I have made progress. I have full control of motors and the LEDs’. I’m trying to get the IR sensors to work, but can’t seem to decide whether or not it should be controlled by IR or push buttons or even serial communication. Right now all this arduino sketch is doing is tilting and panning. Next version will implement button presses and Ir signals (Remote). Continue reading Sunpak AP-200W Arduino Hack (Part 3)

Sunpak AP-200W Arduino Hack (Part 2)

I took apart the Sunpak AP-200W today. Seems very simple, only one major IC/MCU (NEC D17135A ). I quickly went to look for the datasheet and was able to identify pin-outs.
After a failed Hex dump i removed the  chip from the board and followed to identify where each pin went/controlled. I was able to identify major vias that where vital to make the device function. The next major component was a Toshiba TA8409S (“H Bridge”). After finding the proper datasheet and being able to identify the pin-outs… I was in bussiness. Opening up Arduino IDE I began to write a simple sketch that would allow to see if it would be able to control the pan/tilt motors.

It was a success.  I have control of the Pan/Tilt motors. Now this journey will venture to write “Firmware” for the arduino that will allow to program time lapse sequences.

Sunpak AP-200W Arduino Hack

Sunpak AP-200W
Sunpak AP-200W

Last week i found this Sunpak AP-200W.It had no remote. After trying to find the remote at a few shops, i decided that it might be a good chance to see if i could adapt an Arduino to it. In its original state the product brochure says that it is Auto Panning, it tilts and also provides Zoom /Record feature. there is no way to program it. Something i was looking for to make some panning/tilting time-lapses. Enter the Arduino. My idea is to be able to program some routines. Well i will report what keeps happening from here on out.