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Old Mar 9, 2004, 2:12 AM   #1
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Default A cottage industry springs up around single use digicams

I reported earlier that I had added a USB port to a Ritz "disposable" digicam for my son to use in his class. Putting to work everything that I had learned the first time around, I did one for my daughter too.

Now, a buddy of my son wants me to convert one for him.

A few more and I have the conversion process down to a half hour.

I wonder when the local Ritz guy is going to start wondering why I buy these cameras and don't bring any back for processing.
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Old Mar 9, 2004, 9:54 AM   #2
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You are able to add a USB port? I'm not even familiar with the camera. I don't see any single-use digitals here; http://www.ritzcamera.com/
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Old Mar 9, 2004, 12:33 PM   #3
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Apparently they don't list it on-line because it isn't available throughout the country.

It uses a proprietary connector to interface with the hardware at the Ritz store, however, the interface is USB. It is a fairly simple matter to add a standard USB port.

I get my USB port from A-B gender changers. I rip it apart and solder new wires to it. I take twisted pair Ethernet cable, pull the wires out, and use five of the six individual wires.

Read more about the process here http://www.maushammer.com/systems/da...taDigital.html

There's also a Walgreen's single use digital camera. The software for the Ritz camera doesn't work with the Walgreen's camera but you can remove the daughercard that holds the flash memory and solder in a Smartmedia socket.

If I can find cheap SmartMedia sockets, I'll have a friend in Florida send me a bunch of the Walgreen's cameras.
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Old Mar 9, 2004, 5:31 PM   #4
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Yaworski!

American ingenuity is alive and well!

Kudos!!!
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Old Mar 9, 2004, 10:08 PM   #5
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That is good stuff. As far as I know, corporate hasnt said anything about those comaeras being hacked. I applaud you sir.
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Old Mar 10, 2004, 12:57 AM   #6
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I wish that I deserved the praise that you have heaped upon me. Alas, that belongs to the guys that took the time to figure out the pinouts on the camera and who cracked the firmware so they could write the software.

Unfortunately, my days for such activities are long behind me. I used to do things like that back when mnemonic circuits were constructed with bear skins and stone knives. Now, I have kids and other activities to take up my time.
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