Super hack: disguised digital photo booth texts you with photo

This clever hack is tough to sum up in a headline. It's a photo booth and a phone booth with a retro feel — with a little bit of cloud computing in between. Dial your number on the Rotobooth's rotary dial and once your photo is taken, the shot is uploaded to Flickr and you are texted with the link.

That's pretty hacktastic!

When users lift the handset and dial their digits, an Arduino (you just knew there'd be one involved didn't you?) takes in the information and then initiates the camera.

Four photos are taken — just like a photo booth — and they are sent to a Mac Mini. The photos are resized, watermarked and uploaded to Flickr. The photo links are then texted to your phone using Twilio.

If you decide not to enter your number just dial "0" and one photo is taken and is uploaded to

Chris Bell, Liangjie Xia, and Mike Kelberman built the Rotobooth as part of Twilio's Photohack Day 2 event designed to showcase Twilio's cloud computing capabilities.

As for their next steps, Kelberman told Twilio's blog the team would like to experiment with setting up another Rotobooth and connect the booths so that people could "pose together, [or] maybe photo-bomb each other."

Visit to see some best of shots and for a look behind-the-scenes at the build check out their Flickr site.

Twilio, via Makezine, Geeksugar

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