July 22, 2014

Build a Raspberry Pi-powered bird box camera

What started as a simple school project has morphed into an interesting example of what can be done with a Raspberry Pi - and in this case a birdbox camera. The purpose is to monitor the activity of the resident bird (or birds) and makes use of some clever software to make monitoring easy. The hardware is a typical Raspberry Pi setup with an infra-red camera, IR illuminator and a hacked power-over-Ethernet solution to make powering the system more conveinent.

The Pi can either serve up a live streaming video feed of the box, or detect motion and send snapshots back to Dropbox for remote viewing. Even if you're not interested in birdkeeping at all, the project is an excellent example of a remote monitoring and image capture device.

For more details and notes, visit the birdbox project page. And for more, we're on facebookGoogle+, and twitter - so follow us for news and product updates as well.

Every day we find more uses for our PiBreak board - the great way to mount circuitry to your Raspberry Pi. It provides labelled breakout pins for all GPIOs, a large prototyping area with solder pads, and power rails for easy power connection:

Furthermore the PiBreak also includes mounting hardware to firmly attach it to your Raspberry Pi using a nut, bolt, and spacer - and is compatible with all revisions of both model A and B Raspberry Pi computers. For more information about our new PiBreak board, our Getting Started guide, and to order - visit the product page.

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