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A Raspberry Pie Based Camera

It’s a Raspberry Pie based Point and Shoot Camera, built around a Adafruit PiTFT touchscreen. If you have a WiFi controller for the pie, you can use it to upload the photos and the videos to the cloud like on dropbox which can automatically sync photos to various device such as your phone and the pc. It might not be portable and might also require a little set of wires to operate with, but it’s must make.  The advantage is you can customize what features you want in your camera and develop the kernel accordingly. Along with the camera and the screen, you also need a pie preferably the Model B version since it’s easier to set up due to availability of Ethernet and two USB ports. An added WiFi adaptor of a GSM shield is and added advantage. A battery pack is also needed if you want to make it completely portable. The display is an Adafruit piTFT display which can be easily interfaced to the pie, the steps of which you can find on the Adafruit website. Overall,… Continue reading

Time sliced picture capture with Raspberry Pi rig

Raspberry Pi and camera module alone is a great fun to play with. But when you start combining things, you start getting very interesting results. PiFace decided to experiment with bullet time effect by using 48 Raspberry Pi equipped with cameras and PiFace modules. This effect got popular with famous Matrix effect where Neo avoids bullet by bending back. To get this effect working each camera has to be synchronized. This was done by connecting each board with network cable which yields to total ½ kilometer length. Comparing to professional setup this is relatively cheap solution to get things done. So it can be a great candidate for school class project or for low budget effect capture. Continue reading

Building low cost HD surveillance camera with Raspberry Pi

Decent surveillance camera setup is quite costly and probably not worth for personal use. Anyway there is always alternative. With cheap Raspberry Pi and camera module you can build customizable surveillance camera that will record HD video. Since Raspberry Pi is a Linux machine, you can do lots of crazy stuff with it. Scavix have written a guide how to set up a camera that would stream live video to web and would be triggered to record on motion detection. The setup is pretty straight forward. It uses all accessible parts like Raspberri Pi with camera module, small USB based WiFi adapter, SD flash card and micro SUB power adapter. And proper case especially if camera is used outdoors. He used open source software for detecting motion (which is also called motion). It simply detects if video image has significantly changed and sends trigger event – start recording in this case. Recorded files are stored in Windows shared folder as SD memory is pretty limited and fills up quickly. With proper configuration it is also possible to access live stream… Continue reading