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Hack an IKEA Kitchen Timer for Cheap Panning Time-Lapse Photography

The results from this clever hack have to be seen to be believed–and can be in this great video compilation. Read on to see how a $6 egg timer can become a fantastic panning time lapse engine.

The setup is dead simple. Take a cheap IKEA timer, drill a hole in the top and screw in a bolt, attach your camera via the tripod mount point to the timer, then crank the timer up and turn on the time-lapse function on your camera. As the timer slowly winds down, the camera slowly turns, snapping pictures all the while. How awesome are the results? Check out the video below to see the simple timer setup in action.

For more information hit up the link below.

How to Make a Cheap and Easy IKEA Time Lapse Panning Unit [via IKEA Hacker]

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 09/15/11

Comments (2)

  1. KJ

    I’m leaving work to go to the nearest IKEA! That was way cool. Thanks!

  2. Ryan Noell

    Awesome video ad idea!! An of course, San Diego is BEAUTIFUL!

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