The HDR Labs have come up with a really innovative use for Nintendo DS. The device invented not any of the new Nintendo DS accessories but the Nintendo DS has been used as a programmable controller for the DSLR camera. The HDR Labs has named the project Open Camera Controller (OCC) where the Nintendo DS is used to control the functions of Canon DSLR cameras mainly, though it supports Olympus and Sigma too.
With the Nintendo DS controller some functions like the time lapsed shots can be taken using an alarm system. This ability was not available as a default in the cameras. It also has the ability to work the shutter with a hand clap or sound instead of using the shutter button.
The HDR Labs had all the time wanted to build a more convenient controller as it is difficult to lug laptops up ladders and on narrow walkways that are used above a sound stage. They had wanted some more functionality for the cameras and so came up with this innovative idea. Now they have a system that can be programmed by the user and can be carried in the pocket and the best is that it has an eight hour battery life.
The Nintendo DS is tough and is nearly indestructible and so it has landed up being one of the best do it yourself discoveries. Any old Nintendo DS lying about as wasted can be used with the DSLR camera and put to better use. Just by using a few electronics you can have a controller that shoots HDR images for films using the canon cameras. The method devised is so flexible and it can be used to control several cameras together. No Nintendo DS accessories are as innovative!