Automated GPS Controlled Photo Taker

Hey World!

I love traveling. But I don’t like stopping to take pictures. But I STILL want pictures. So I decided to make my own Personal Automated GPS Controlled Portable Photo Taker!

I created a backpack that takes pictures when I am close to places that I’ve pre-selected. And what better place to test it than in London?automated gps controlled photo taker

The Hardware

I hooked up a GPS module to a Raspberry Pi (powered by a battery pack) which sends signals through WiFi to a GoPro.

  • GPS: No soldering today! I just plugged the GPS module to the Raspberry Pi vis USB.
  • WiFi: I turned on the WiFi of the GoPro and connected the Raspberry Pi to it. The WiFi SSD is configured by the GoPro App.
  • Raspberry Pi: I plugged it to the battery pack.

All set! You can add the GoPro Arm to anything you’d like! I chose a backpack to use when I travel.

The Software

I compiled a list of coordinates of the places I wanted to visit in London. Then I wrote a script in Python ( to calculate the distance between the coordinates I am at and the coordinates of my pre-selected locations.

The script runs on startup in my Raspberry Pi so it can start running the script and checking my coordinates as soon as I turn on the battery pack.


I found this AWESOME GoPro API Library, and used it to connect my GoPro with my Raspberry Pi through WiFi. First, to get API working I installed python3. Then I installed the library through pip:

pip install goprocam

Then, in the script I initialized the camera:

camera = GoProCamera.GoPro() 

And to take pictures:

#0 is the time it waits before the picture is taken.


I installed gpsd-py3 through pip. To get the gpsd installed and started I followed this:

Then I pointed the gps daemon to the GPS device. On my Pi, I edited the file /etc/rc.local and added the following line:

gpsd /dev/ttyACM0 -F /var/run/gpsd.sock


In the same file on my Pi /etc/rc.local I added the command to run my script.

python3 /home/pi/

All the calculations are made in the python script attached below.

Check it out and make your own PERSONAL AUTOMATED GPS CONTROLLED PORTABLE PHOTO TAKER!schematic automated gps controlled photo taker

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