Here Comes the Bride…With a Photo Booth Powered by LabVIEW!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Applications Engineer Ryan Theuer helps NI customers innovate every day. So when his bride-to-be wanted a photo booth at their July wedding reception, Ryan used the opportunity to create his own solution using NI LabVIEW software. With PBC pipe and a curtain, he built a fully-enclosed, mobile photo booth that not only cost a fraction of a rented one, but also included even more features.


Ryan first wrote the app’s code using LabVIEW, then stripped down and reformatted an old computer to operate only the LabVIEW run-time engine and NI-IMAQdx vision acquisition software. These two programs worked together to acquire and process the images taken in the photo booth. After assembling a 4 ft. by 5 ft. structure; incorporating a photo printer, web camera, and touch screen; and, of course, winning his fiancé’s approval, Ryan was ready to debut the photo booth at their reception.


Here's a screenshot of the program:


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Needless to say, it was a big hit! Once inside the photo booth, guests used the touch screen to enter their names and the number of people in their group, then a clock counted down five seconds before taking four consecutive snapshots. After striking their poses, the group could choose between black-and-white or color prints, add their photos to the guestbook, and receive copies by printing them or sending electronic versions to themselves via email or text. The photo booth also features a custom background and cool video message function that allows guests to record a 30-second speech for the bride and groom.





Ryan’s photo booth was such a success that he plans to rent it out for future events. He’s already received his first booking from another NI employee who’s also ready to say “I do”!


Congrats to the newlyweds!


>> Check out more DIY LabVIEW apps.