I've managed to "build" a shutter release for my Canon SLR by shorting two wires connected to the appropriate pins on the Canon connector. I am looking for ways to extend this into an intervalometer using an Android smartphone.
I've already asked this question about how to do this with using the USB jack on the phone, but I'm now wondering if this can be done using the headphone jack on the phone. Essentially, I would be playing a fixed frequency audio sound on the phone so as to not change the voltage and current going through the wire.
Would it be possible to use something like a relay (solid-state or otherwise) to short the pins on demand (i.e., when audio is playing)? I'm asking about the relay because that is what my Google-fu turned up, but other suggestions are welcome too.
The conditions remain the same as the other question, i.e. no hardware mods to the cell phone or camera and the solution has to be cheap ($4-5) without the headphone cables, connector, wires etc. because I can salvage those.