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New Raspberry Pi Webcam Project

In my last post, I talked about using the Raspberry Pi as a DIY remote webcam, in the style of Dropcam. After I published the post, I got an interesting email from someone who is embarking on a large project around using the Raspberry Pi as a webcam platform. It sounds like he wants to create his own Raspberry Pi distro which would automatically launch and stream webcam video. He also wants to do servo...
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Home Security Camera With Raspberry Pi and a Webcam

Lately, I’ve been thinking about ways to beef up my home security using Raspberry Pi. The Raspberry Pi is a pretty capable, dirt cheap little board, and it can connect to all kinds of sensors and systems. I’ve been working on adding a Raspberry Pi camera module, but for those who don’t want to shell out another $30, there’s an even simpler solution. The Raspberry Pi has full USB support, and runs a fully featured...
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Raspberry Pi As a Home Automation Server

In the Hardware section of the site, I talk about using an old Powerspec PC as my home automation server. An outdated PC works fine as a server in some cases, but really, running a little spaceheater-ish P4 around the clock? That’s so 2006. It would be kind of silly to blog all about power efficient lightbulbs and realtime energy monitoring while having a 10 year old PC buring 400 watts all the time. And...
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Home Security With the Raspberry Pi

Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about how home security intersects with home automation. In both home security systems and home automation systems, you’ve got a lot of the same things: sensors, servers, monitoring, alerts, etc. So why not merge the two together (and in a DIY way, of course)? Over at PrivateEyePi, they’re doing just that. The project uses the Raspberry Pi as a simple platform for creating your own DIY home security system....
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Hack Your Home’s Alarm System With Raspberry Pi + Netduino

A couple weeks ago I wrote about a guy who had hacked his home sprinkler system with a Raspberry Pi, so he could schedule waterings via Google Calendar and have the system faithfully execute them. And of course, I’ve written about hacking your home furnace so you can control it via X10. In keeping with the theme of “taking some large, expensive, professionally-installed aspect of your home and connecting unproven electronics to it”, today I’m...
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Raspberry Pi’s 5mp Camera Module

Back in the day, if one wanted to do a computer vision or diy home surveillance project which involved taking pictures from a custom software program (or from the command line), there were relatively few options. One the low end, you could use a consumer webcam. On the high end, you could use a DSLR camera coupled to a Linux program like gphoto2. The low end was maddening, as consumer webcams routinely lie about their...
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Hack Your Sprinkler System With a Raspberry Pi

As I’ve mentioned before, I love the Raspberry Pi as a platform for home automation projects. For those who don’t know about Raspberry Pi, it’s a neat little Linux computer, complete with an HDMI output, which runs on a single board and costs around $40. Since it has low-level analog and digital outputs, you can hook it up to all kinds of things. I’m starting to think the Raspberry Pi could be the ideal platform...
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