Sunday, August 26, 2012

Shoop! : Raspberry Pi - powered Photo Souvenir Printer

When I started selling my first software almost 3 years ago (DarkoomEX Photobooth Software) and my second a year after that (PhotoGrabber) and saw that there's a very huge market for photo-souvenir solutions, I became more and more interested with further innovating the  business and offering fresh solutions to the market.  And when I got my hands on a $35 raspberry pi, a light bulb went on and Shoop! was born.

Shoop! is the first raspberry pi-powered photo souvenir printer that receives photo-uploads via Wi-Fi from any smart phone.  A pre-designed template will then be applied to the uploaded photos and will automatically be printed like any event photo-booth does.  Design templates can be customized to fit any party, event, tourist destination or establishment.  Shoop! can also be configured to use multiple design templates which can be applied to each photo in random or in order for a different output on each print.  Management of design-templates and captured photos as well as some basic configurations are done via FTP.  It's a print studio-in-a-box!

Pretty much all the main functions of Shoop! are shown on the following video.  However, other bits including security and template designing are not.  

The pi has DHCP, HTTP, MySQL and FTP servers installed.  This is the first version of the project, more of a proof-of-concept thing. I'm still working on making it perform faster, simplifying the set-up and adding a few more features including an e-mail to print functions.  Of course all the equipment will be enclosed in a portable and more presentable case when it's finalized.

* iPhone uploads are done using the jailbreak app 'Safari Upload Enabler'.  iOS 6 apparently has this feature enabled when it's released.

*  Please forgive the kid running in the background on the video, he's my very playful 3yo son. 


  1. Love the idea!
    I have a few questions
    1) Is there any modification/programming required on the printer?
    2) Where do the custom sections of the photos get created? RPI?
    3) What happens when multiple people connect to the setup? When you eventually make this a product, can you notify me on print completion, so I can pick it up?
    4)Apart from Wifi, can you do it in a way, that the app on the phone determines my location, and provides me options to print at any location nearby, which I get to choose from a list?
    5)Assuming, that the setup is a one time cost, and affects the cost of printing marginally, can it, in terms of cost, match established print shops?

  2. Hey, great idea.
    I too would be interested in the previous questions and was wondering if you would be able to email me a step by step way of how you did it and a list of items needed. I've just started my 4th year Product Design BSc Honours project and my concept so far utilises a few aspects incorporated here. I would love to discuss some ideas with you and learn how you did this to help with my final project.
    My email address is
    I look forward to hearing from you.
    Thanks, Mike

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  4. Any update on this? is this for sale? I really like the idea.

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  6. hi brian,
    are you a pinoy? if yes, where did you buy your raspberry pi?

  7. Hi Brian, I offer help designing/creating a casing for the project!

  8. Great idea... but where can I buy it? I can't find Shoop! anywhere, other than this Blog. Have you got a link to buy it Brian, and more details on templates/setup. Many thanks

  9. Hi Brian,

    What a great idea! Could you email me ( as I have something to run past you.


  10. Hi Brian,

    A great idea! Are there more information about your prject? I would like to use something like this at my wedding. A Pi I already have.

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