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<sound of slapped forehead>
Night vision… yeah… didn’t think of that for an Owl!
<now sound of all forum members laughing at me J>
A quick t’interweb search shows that there’s plenty of nightvision webcams, so might still be a go-er… you’d need to check if it works with the Pi though – my old Logitech Messenger cam doesn’t work for example.
Also, not sure on your battery power though with a night’s lighting setup. Of course, the lighting doesn’t need to be in the same place as the camera, so doesn’t need to be powered by the same power source…
Depending on what you’re trying to view, you could possibly put the Pi in a sheltered spot under the birdbox? (It’ll still need weather proofing, but at least it won’t be as bad…)
According to Google, that’s 1.5 hours away from me, so it’s not going to be a regular trip for me – but at least I know about the place now, so I may head over there with the family for a day out…
Thanks for the reply Steve,
I'm not too sure yet if we can get power to the box, so may have to go for the model A Pi. the camera would have to be motion sensored and also have night vision capabilities as Owl's are nocturnal. Recording would be a good option as we could play it back on screens inside the cafe. I think the box will be in wifi range of the cafe so i'm hoping that we could get a live feed and if possible maybe set up a web page so people could view from their homes. I will look in to weather proofing as maker is quite an exposed site, some say it has it's own micro-climate. I did read some where that you could power a Pi over the ethernet connection, although i feel this is not a good option due to cable laying around the site.
As to the location of maker junction it is at maker heights, millbrook PL10 1LA if you want to google map it , not sure if this link will work for you http://makerjunction.org.uk/#/finding-us/4570722290
It would be great if a few people could meet up here sometime and help/contribute to our local community project. It would make a great day out for the family aswell with local parks, villages and beaches for walks etc etc.
thanks for the reply
On Fri, Nov 8, 2013 at 5:31 PM, Tremayne, Steve <steven.tremayne@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
I’d love to come down there, but it’s quite a long way from me (I’m out in the sticks near Holsworthy), so I doubt I’ll make it there – wherever it is – if you use the non-flash site there’s no address mentioned anywhere – not good for any kind of business.
(If it is there and I just didn’t see it – it’s still not visible enough J)
I setup a small bird watching RasPi a while back – it was just a Logitech webcam stuck on the Pi, with Motion running on Raspbian. It was a great starting point – virtually worked straight away.
The biggest problem I had was with power and making the whole thing weather proof… in the end the project fizzled out as the birds abandoned the nest…
Anyway – some pointers:
If you’re using batteries, a Model A’s uses less power: http://www.raspberrypi-spy.co.uk/2013/02/running-a-raspberry-pi-from-6-aa-batteries/
The Pi’s Camera module uses less power than a webcam (and 1 less USB port…), but I’ve not tried Motion with it
You will need to steal a decent Tupperware container to put the Pi in, to make sure it doesn’t get wet J
Setup Motion to write data to a non-volatile location – by default (I think) it puts all the videos / photos in /tmp, so when you power it off it’s all gone…
Hope that helps…
Perhaps i will put a suggestion forward about the website! I think someone from the local community built for them!!
On Fri, Nov 8, 2013 at 9:00 AM, Gordon Henderson <gordon+lug@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
On Fri, 8 Nov 2013, daniel Phillips wrote:
Hi i'm daniel, i am putting out some feelers to see if anyone would like to
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