January 11, 2017

DIY Selfie Stick

This is a fun and very easy project I came up with while trying to build a wireless shutter for an iPhone. I knew selfie sticks could trigger your camera shutter, so I was trying to find out what information they were sending through the 3.5mm aux port (aka headphone plug) to do this.

In this process I learned that headphone volume buttons will also trigger the camera shutter!

So I plugged in some headphones with volume control, and tried to come up with a way to attach my phone to a stick. I came up with the spatula sponge elastic combo you'll see here.

Take a look for yourselves!

Build Instructions

This is a ridiculously simple build, but I always include a build album and this one felt empty without it. I suggest a dollar store for these parts too if you have to buy any, but I'll include some links just in case you need to visualize materials or something.

To begin, assemble your supplies.

The necessary supplies

Elastic holding phone to spatula, with sponge jammed in the back.
Another angle of the sponge jammed in the back.

Volume button on headphones which triggers the camera shutter.
Spatula Selfie!

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