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April 9, 2007

DIY Shark Cam

at 7:02 am. Filed under Cool Gadgets, DIY Hacks, Electronic Hacks

If you have ever wanted to build an underwater camera cheap this is a great project to reference. The Shark Cam uses a tiny security camera, some PVC pipe, duct tape and some other odds and ends.

“Last year while shark fishing off the Dumbarton Pier and recording the catch on a 20 year old VHS camera I had an idea. I thought of how cool it would be to jam a camera in the mouth of a big shark and let him swim away so then you could see what he was up to when he opened his mouth since sharks are coolest when they’re biting through stuff. Images flashed through my mind like: giant teeth surrounding the perimeter of the video while the shark opens his mouth and engulfs a cell phone or a car tire (it is the san francisco bay after all). Judging by the expression on Gillian’s face as I described my vision, I realized the idea had limitations. So I decided to do the next best thing: make a submersible camera with shark bait all over it, dunk it in the sea and wait for something cool to happen. ”


 

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15 Responses to “DIY Shark Cam”

  1. Ptr Says:

    PVC and duct tape, all that a engineer really needs.

  2. Chia Says:

    Don’t forget the bailing wire.
    Kinda redefines megabyte camera memory cards πŸ˜›

  3. Clark Hummell Says:

    What about a balist tank? To remotely raise/lower it?

  4. Paul Says:

    He should dress it in a fish costume

  5. Macka Says:

    you forgot the cable ties.

    would be interesting to see some video footage.

  6. MAKE: Blog Says:

    HOW TO – Make a submersible “shark-cam”

    SixMhz writes – Last year while shark fishing off the Dumbarton Pier and recording the catch on a 20 year old VHS camera I had an idea. I thought of how cool it would be to jam a camera…

  7. liesofxiii Says:

    I’d liek to grab one of those cvs 1time videocameras and taking it all the way to this, sounds like a hell of a project πŸ˜›

  8. Hexypoo Says:

    Yah, good call on the cvs camera, I wonder how well it would record under water though, your gonna have to duct tape a led flashlight to it though πŸ™‚

  9. zedomax.com Says:

    DIY UNDERWATER HACK – Shark Cam

    Check out this cool DIY on making a submersible shark camera! I’ve never gone shark fishing, well I don’t fish anything I can’t eat and big sharks don’t look like they would taste good. (But I like Tuna and all the other co…

  10. zedomax.com Says:

    DIY UNDERWATER HACK – Shark Cam

    Check out this cool DIY on making a submersible shark camera! I’ve never gone shark fishing, well I don’t fish anything I can’t eat and big sharks don’t look like they would taste good. (But I like Tuna and all the other co…

  11. skazz Says:

    For anyone looking to try this a bit more elegantly, SparkFun sells wireless color security cameras that run off any 9v power supply and easily fit inside a tube of ABS pipe.

  12. skazz Says:

    Oh, & if you want the shark’s tonsil view so badly, just build a fake shark mouth around it- or, y’know, use your last catch.

  13. liesofxiii Says:

    I’d like to make this self sustainable and solar powered (have some kind of solar panel insulated from the water and made to float) and have it record to maybe a flash drive and have a little gps tracker on it so I could find it after letting it out to sea for a few days πŸ˜›

  14. Jing Says:

    What? no footage? I was hoping for like jaws style action here!

    oh well sweet idea anyway.

  15. Arnt Karlsen Says:

    ..the image flashing through my mind: “Judging by the expression on Gillian’s face as I described my vision, I realized the idea had limitations.” ;oD
    Thanks a lot. :o)

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