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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. ”