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Raspberry Pi For Dummies by Mike Cook, Sean McManus

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Bird Feeder Webcam

Lots of people have been hooking up the Raspberry Pi to a webcam, and Francis Agius was inspired by their stories to create a bird feeder webcam. What makes his system different to many is that he’s got his Raspberry Pi running outdoors. The Raspberry Pi is sealed in a plastic food container (for waterproofing) and connected to a USB hub powered by a car battery. He also added a standard USB Wi-Fi adaptor to connect it to his home network.

To run the Raspberry Pi, Francis chose Arch Linux, a very lean operating system that takes less than ten seconds to boot up, and he installed additional packages (motion and FFmpeg). He connects to the Pi using a secure shell connection (SSH) and any pictures are captured to the SD card. He then views the images of birds at the feeder on his Windows PC, using Winscp to move the captured files over from the Raspberry Pi.

For more information and pictures, see Francis’ guest post on the Raspberry Pi blog: www.raspberrypi.org/archives/2504 .

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