Pico, described by its maker as 'a new brain for your camera', is a small orange dongle that brings simplified time lapse control to more than 300 camera models. It achieves this by connecting to a camera via its remote port, then relaying time lapse information that is programmed either manually or through the related smartphone app.

Pico works in conjunction with a smartphone app which is used to set time lapse data: interval duration, start time, and mode. That information is transferred to the connected dongle, which is then plugged into a compatible camera through a corresponding cable (nine different cables are offered for various camera brands). When a smartphone is not available, operation can be manually set by squeezing Pico, which will beep to represent 1-second interval durations (three beeps mean 3 seconds between photos, for example).

As mentioned, there are advanced mode options for those inclined, including HDR, Bulb Ramping to deal with light changes, and Speed Ramping for adding speed effects to time lapse. The Pico dongle itself is battery powered with a lifespan of 8 years and weight of 0.04oz/11g.

Four generations of Pico prototypes.

The mobile app is compatible with Android 2.3 and higher, and iOS6 and higher. Camera compatibility includes models from the most popular camera makers, including Panasonic, Nikon, Canon, Sony, Olympus, Minolta, Pentax, Fuji, Kodak, Leica, and more. A complete list of supported models is available on Pico's Kickstarter page, where the Minnesota-based maker Mindarin is seeking $100,000 in funding. A pledge of $40 will get you one Pico + cable. The estimated shipping date is set for July 2015.

Via: Digital Trends 
Source: Kickstarter