I'm a civil engineer, hiker, and hobby photographer. I am trying to build a little device that gently turns a small motor on every x seconds, keep it on for y seconds, and stop it for z seconds. For example, Set the motor to run every 30 seconds, have it run for 45 seconds, and stop it for 37 seconds. In addition, the movement of the motor must be such to minimize vibration on the camera that it will support.
Above all this device must be portable in a regular backpack.
I have played with the raspberry pi a little bit (I don't own one) and have dabbled in electronics a touch