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‘Upstagram’ Flies Over Paris in UP! House, Hacks Instagram

By Hanssie on November 8th 2013

If you haven’t seen the Disney movie, UP!, stop reading right now and go see it. Grab some tissues. If you have, then read on to see Carl and Ellie’s little house come to life.


The folks over at Hackerloop, a company that uses open source and open hardware to “create experiments,” spent a few months in their labs on their newest project that was unveiled last week. They constructed a replica of the house from Up!, then attached a Raspberry Pi, a camera, battery and a 3G Hotspot to it. They hacked the Instagram to allow the device to stream pictures straight to the app, tethered the entire thing to 80+ balloons and sent it up over Paris to snap photos.



[REWIND: The DIY Raspberry Pi Sprite Camera]

The Raspberry Pi is an open source, credit card sized computer that can be tweaked to do all sorts of things that your regular computer can do, in this case, take photos and post them onto Instagram without the use of a smartphone. Using reverse engineering, the team circumvented the Instagram uploading process, and sent over 400 photos to their account. They’ve kept 15 of the best on their account and hashtagged the project #UPSTAGRAM. I’m sure Instagram isn’t too happy about the experiment and the team expects their account to be shut down soon. So, hurry over to Instagram and check out the pictures while you can!

It’s not about hacking Instagram, it’s about using it to build something that we were convinced would be awesome! Creativity is also about pushing existing tools further, in a way they weren’t initially designed for.” Valentin Squirelo, Hackerloop co-founder.

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Check out the video:

[Images via @Hackerloop]

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Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at Follow her on Instagram

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  1. Joseph Prusa

    Thanks for sharing/

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