Information written by Cheese K, Miki Wada
It’s difficult to make children smile and look at the Camera. We solved the problem using Make Smile Shutter and Ricoh Theta.
Make Smile Shutter is a plug-in for Ricoh Theta V to make children smile and look at the camera using Voice Changer.
Why we decided to make this plug-in?
Have you tried to take a picture of children with Ricoh Theta?
We’ve tried few years ago and the result was terrible like the following images.
We couldn’t solve the problem during that time but we found the solution when we played a voice changer app with our children.
How did we solve the problem?
Children can keep suitable distance and smile while they are listening to voice changer.
We guess that children can understand it’s not food through Voice Changer.
In addition, adults can keep suitable distance from speaker during conversation so children will also behave in the same way.
This plug-in can make the mood lively so you can capture genuine emotions of your kids.
We would like to show you the effects of our plug-in.
What is so special about this plug-in compared to others?
Ricoh Theta’s Plug-in can work Independently but its power is not enough to use the latest features in real time.
We solved those impossible wishes using WiFi Direct so we can borrow the power of the smartphone.
This architecture is a useful solution if plug-in wants to use powerful features without cloud server.
For example: Recording high quality voice using Phone’s microphone; Optimizing Photo using Phone’s AI Chip;
Make Smile Shutter is a voice changer app so we considered suitable design.
Technical requirements for development
Make Smile Shutter was tested with a RICOH THETA V under the following conditions.
RICOH THETA V
ANDROID SMART PHONE
- ver.2.50.1 and above
Information on checking and updating the firmware is here.
Make Smile Shutter has been confirmed to operate under the following conditions.
- Windows 10 Pro Version 1803(OS Build 17134.829)
Android Studio 3.3+
Android SDK (API Level 28)
- Install Android™ Studio into your PC.
- Open makesmileshutter as a project into Android™ Studio.
- Please connect SMARTPHONE with USB.
Your smartphone needs to be a developer to debug through USB.
- Select “phoneapp” as a RUN TAEGET and build to install it into SMARTPHONE.
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- Please connect RICOH THETA V with USB.
Register from here to enable developer mode.
Community’s article is also useful. *We really appreciate the developer community organizers as one of the Ricoh Theta Funs.
- Select “thetaplugin” as a RUN TAEGET and build to install it into RICOH THETA V.
- You can choose two ways to connect thetaplugin and phoneapp via WiFi Direct.
- To use Vysor
You can see the app screen of thetaplugin using Vysor.
You need to peer Ricoh Theta and Smartphone from Make Smile Shutter Plug-in to show WiFi Direct Confirmation Dialog on phoneapp which is only shown for the first time because Theta plug-in app is not allowed to show system’s Dialog.
- To use RICOH THETA OFFICIAL APP
You can see the app screen of thetaplugin using RICOH THETA OFFICIAL APP’s WEB UI.
You have to use Wireless Router Connection to connect between RICOH THETA V and RICOH THETA OFFICIAL APP because Make Smile Shutter Plug-in is using WiFi Direct which requires WiFi Turn ON.*Wireless LAN mode uses Hotspot which can not turn on WiFi at the same time.
You can see the WEB UI of thetaplugin through RICOH THETA OFFICIAL APP.
You need to peer Ricoh Theta and Smartphone from Make Smile Shutter Plug-in’s WEB UI to show WiFi Direct Confirmation Dialog on phoneapp which is only shown for the first time because Theta plug-in app is not allowed to show system’s Dialog.