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It wasn’t long ago that faced with a controller project, you might shop for something with just the right features and try to minimize the cost. These days, if you are just doing a one-off, it might be just as easy to throw commodity hardware at it. After all, a Raspberry Pi costs less than a nice meal and it is more powerful than a full PC would have been not long ago.

When [Joe Coburn] wanted to make a pan and tilt webcam he didn’t try to find a minimal configuration. He just threw a Raspberry Pi in for interfacing to the Internet and an Arduino in to control two RC servo motors. A zip tie holds the servos together and potentially the web cam, too.

You can see the result in the video below. It is a simple matter to set up the camera with the Pi, send some commands to the Arduino and hook up to the Internet.

The serial protocol for the Arduino is simple: The Pi sends a numeric position followed by a P (for pan) or T (for tilt) at 9600 baud. A web server and some Python handle the interface to the Internet and the human.

We’ve certainly seen our share of similar projects. Some of them have been a bit larger.


Filed under: Arduino Hacks, Raspberry Pi
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Knock knock! Who’s near your door? Learn how to sense it

arduino, ArduinoCertified, doorbell, edison, Featured, Intel Edison, iot, tutorial, webcam Commenti disabilitati su Knock knock! Who’s near your door? Learn how to sense it 

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Smart Doorbell is the name of the project for a new tutorial created for Intel Edison. It’s a motion detecting doorbell, that senses when someone is near the door(bell) and via a webcam sends a picture of the person approaching the door to a web address while playing a sound.

Step1

Motion detecting video streaming doorbell“, a medium-advanced level tutorial, is intended to be a good starting point for building basic IoT devices. You’ll learn how to use a webcam to detect motion: when activated, the device will play a greeting, take a photo and email it to someone to let them know who is at the door.
Take a look at the video to see how it works and follow these steps to make yours:

So I extended my webcam project to become a security system while I was away for the last couple weeks.


I mounted a webcam with two Futaba S3003 servos (pan + tilt) with the help of a Meccano 5-model set . I also installed 2 PIR sensors to detect movement. Then I mounted all to a tripod.

I created 2 ioBridge messaging actions to send me a TXT message if any of the PIR sensor went to the ON position (note that I only activated this action while away to avoid receiving a huge amount of TXTs) and also a Digital input to servo position action to move the camera to the direction of movement.

I placed the camera on the side of my main hall, so I was able to get at 180 degree view of my house while away.


Luckily it only went off once when I asked my sister to come to my house to grab something for me :) , other than that It worked great! I also used my x10 controllers to turn on/off a few lights inside my house as well as a lamp candle (scentsy) that I was able to to turn on the day I flew back home.

Now I only wonder what will it take to tap  into my actual security system with my ioBridge.
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Webcam + PIR sensor + servos +ioBridge + txt message alerts = awesome security system

iobridge, pir sensor, servo, webcam Commenti disabilitati su Webcam + PIR sensor + servos +ioBridge + txt message alerts = awesome security system 

So I extended my webcam project to become a security system while I was away for the last couple weeks.


I mounted a webcam with two Futaba S3003 servos (pan + tilt) with the help of a Meccano 5-model set . I also installed 2 PIR sensors to detect movement. Then I mounted all to a tripod.

I created 2 ioBridge messaging actions to send me a TXT message if any of the PIR sensor went to the ON position (note that I only activated this action while away to avoid receiving a huge amount of TXTs) and also a Digital input to servo position action to move the camera to the direction of movement.

I placed the camera on the side of my main hall, so I was able to get at 180 degree view of my house while away.


Luckily it only went off once when I asked my sister to come to my house to grab something for me :) , other than that It worked great! I also used my x10 controllers to turn on/off a few lights inside my house as well as a lamp candle (scentsy) that I was able to to turn on the day I flew back home.

Now I only wonder what will it take to tap  into my actual security system with my ioBridge.
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Webcam + PIR sensor + servos +ioBridge + txt message alerts = awesome security system

iobridge, pir sensor, servo, webcam Commenti disabilitati su Webcam + PIR sensor + servos +ioBridge + txt message alerts = awesome security system 

So I extended my webcam project to become a security system while I was away for the last couple weeks.


I mounted a webcam with two Futaba S3003 servos (pan + tilt) with the help of a Meccano 5-model set . I also installed 2 PIR sensors to detect movement. Then I mounted all to a tripod.

I created 2 ioBridge messaging actions to send me a TXT message if any of the PIR sensor went to the ON position (note that I only activated this action while away to avoid receiving a huge amount of TXTs) and also a Digital input to servo position action to move the camera to the direction of movement.

I placed the camera on the side of my main hall, so I was able to get at 180 degree view of my house while away.


Luckily it only went off once when I asked my sister to come to my house to grab something for me :) , other than that It worked great! I also used my x10 controllers to turn on/off a few lights inside my house as well as a lamp candle (scentsy) that I was able to to turn on the day I flew back home.

Now I only wonder what will it take to tap  into my actual security system with my ioBridge.
Since I can recollect using the internet (91/92?) I have been doing the following search: "Devices Connected to the Internet" (remember yahoo directory!), and have always been wondering when was my turn to connect "something" to the tubes.

I was finally able to create my own webcam with a Passive Infrared (PIR) sensor.



A couple weeks ago I stumbled in to ioBridge. The minute I saw it I knew I needed it :) . I have
been interested in home automation for while (and even invested on some x10 devices) but I have been always looking for the missing link; internet connectivity.

So this is pretty basic. I have a webcam mounted on a Futaba S3003 servo. I ordered the servo controller smart board as well from ioBridge so all necessary servo communication is done.
I'm using an Airlink 101 wireless webcam (got it at Frys) , and it is really nice that it has a bottom and top standard tripod compatible screw. So all I had to do is get an extra tripod base adaptor that I mounted directly to my servo.


As soon as I got my ioBridge, I ran to radio shack to see what I could find. Sadly Radio Shack does not have the biggest stock of electronic components (at least the one close to my house). But I did manage to find this: a Pir Sensor Module. The voltage required is 3.3-5v, and it has a digital signal output.

Then on friday hackaday.com published this passive infrared (PIR) tutorial and there I found a link to the following project which inspired me to do the same minus the arduino board (which btw I will be getting one soon). And here is where I found out how much ioBridge rocks! I am able to do basically the same using ioBridge actions. This is truly amazing!

I also implemented an iPhone version using the ioBridge iTurn as an example where I can pan the camara depending on my iPhone orientation. Pretty neat!

Using the ioBridge JavaScipt API I was also able to create buttons to move the camera.

You can also see that I have a light control. That implementation is using x10 Firecracker PC serial interface connected to a linux machine and some x10 linux controlling software (BlueLava + Heyu) which I expect to replace soon with an ioBridge x10 smart board.

Video after the break....

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ioBridge First Project: Webcam with PIR sensor.

iobridge, PIR, webcam Commenti disabilitati su ioBridge First Project: Webcam with PIR sensor. 

Since I can recollect using the internet (91/92?) I have been doing the following search: "Devices Connected to the Internet" (remember yahoo directory!), and have always been wondering when was my turn to connect "something" to the tubes.

I was finally able to create my own webcam with a Passive Infrared (PIR) sensor.



A couple weeks ago I stumbled in to ioBridge. The minute I saw it I knew I needed it :) . I have
been interested in home automation for while (and even invested on some x10 devices) but I have been always looking for the missing link; internet connectivity.

So this is pretty basic. I have a webcam mounted on a Futaba S3003 servo. I ordered the servo controller smart board as well from ioBridge so all necessary servo communication is done.
I'm using an Airlink 101 wireless webcam (got it at Frys) , and it is really nice that it has a bottom and top standard tripod compatible screw. So all I had to do is get an extra tripod base adaptor that I mounted directly to my servo.


As soon as I got my ioBridge, I ran to radio shack to see what I could find. Sadly Radio Shack does not have the biggest stock of electronic components (at least the one close to my house). But I did manage to find this: a Pir Sensor Module. The voltage required is 3.3-5v, and it has a digital signal output.

Then on friday hackaday.com published this passive infrared (PIR) tutorial and there I found a link to the following project which inspired me to do the same minus the arduino board (which btw I will be getting one soon). And here is where I found out how much ioBridge rocks! I am able to do basically the same using ioBridge actions. This is truly amazing!

I also implemented an iPhone version using the ioBridge iTurn as an example where I can pan the camara depending on my iPhone orientation. Pretty neat!

Using the ioBridge JavaScipt API I was also able to create buttons to move the camera.

You can also see that I have a light control. That implementation is using x10 Firecracker PC serial interface connected to a linux machine and some x10 linux controlling software (BlueLava + Heyu) which I expect to replace soon with an ioBridge x10 smart board.

Video after the break....

Ago
25

ioBridge First Project: Webcam with PIR sensor.

iobridge, PIR, webcam Commenti disabilitati su ioBridge First Project: Webcam with PIR sensor. 

Since I can recollect using the internet (91/92?) I have been doing the following search: "Devices Connected to the Internet" (remember yahoo directory!), and have always been wondering when was my turn to connect "something" to the tubes.

I was finally able to create my own webcam with a Passive Infrared (PIR) sensor.



A couple weeks ago I stumbled in to ioBridge. The minute I saw it I knew I needed it :) . I have
been interested in home automation for while (and even invested on some x10 devices) but I have been always looking for the missing link; internet connectivity.

So this is pretty basic. I have a webcam mounted on a Futaba S3003 servo. I ordered the servo controller smart board as well from ioBridge so all necessary servo communication is done.
I'm using an Airlink 101 wireless webcam (got it at Frys) , and it is really nice that it has a bottom and top standard tripod compatible screw. So all I had to do is get an extra tripod base adaptor that I mounted directly to my servo.


As soon as I got my ioBridge, I ran to radio shack to see what I could find. Sadly Radio Shack does not have the biggest stock of electronic components (at least the one close to my house). But I did manage to find this: a Pir Sensor Module. The voltage required is 3.3-5v, and it has a digital signal output.

Then on friday hackaday.com published this passive infrared (PIR) tutorial and there I found a link to the following project which inspired me to do the same minus the arduino board (which btw I will be getting one soon). And here is where I found out how much ioBridge rocks! I am able to do basically the same using ioBridge actions. This is truly amazing!

I also implemented an iPhone version using the ioBridge iTurn as an example where I can pan the camara depending on my iPhone orientation. Pretty neat!

Using the ioBridge JavaScipt API I was also able to create buttons to move the camera.

You can also see that I have a light control. That implementation is using x10 Firecracker PC serial interface connected to a linux machine and some x10 linux controlling software (BlueLava + Heyu) which I expect to replace soon with an ioBridge x10 smart board.

Video after the break....



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