Raspberry Pi-Powered Movie Clapperboard Prints Mini Posters

Hacker gocivici enjoys movies. So much so, in fact, that he keeps his ticket stubs and attaches them to his journal. While that’s a neat…

Jeremy S. Cook
6 months ago3D Printing

Hacker gocivici enjoys movies. So much so, in fact, that he keeps his ticket stubs and attaches them to his journal. While that’s a neat keepsake to look back on, he thought that it would be even better if the movie tickets had an accompanying movie poster to help bring back cinematic memories at a glance. This became the inspiration for his Movie Tracker clapperboard, which uses a Raspberry Pi and thermal printer to produce actual (miniature) movie posters from upcoming films in your region.

His custom device is made out of 3D-printed parts, which he painted mostly black, with the exception of clapping lever that’s masked off in a striped pattern. The moving clapper section is held up with a piece of bent tin, and when forcefully pushed donw, it makes a nice “smack” sound, and triggers the electronics via a single interface button.

Movie art and the release date is pulled from TMDb — The Movie Database — by the on board Raspberry Pi 3. While this works well, gocivici notes that a Zero [W] would be better because of its small size. Magnets mounted inside the 3D-printed unit allow the mini posters to be attached for display, and an LED on the back provides subtle ambiance.

Jeremy S. Cook
Engineer, maker of random contraptions, love learning about tech. Write for various publications, including Hackster!
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