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Pi - Parrot Cam

Posted 01-22-2013 at 03:16 AM by markyd
Updated 11-14-2013 at 10:51 AM by markyd

Thursday 14th November 2013
Working with my good friend Christoph (he did all the hard stuff I just tested) we got my Pi Camera to work properly as a service and display the page embedded in a html page for internet viewing. All works well!

Wednesday 13th November 2013

Today the Parrot Pi Camera died ... the SD card got corrupted, was not sure if all the rain then low temperatures that killed it but the inside of the camera case was bone dry and most likely is the fact I over clocked it a day or two ago and the SD card was pretty cheap ,, you do need a decent class 10 card supporting 20Mbps + really.

Least it gives me a chance to write up the rebuild properly ha ha!

OK the article on Raspberry Pi references a project build you can find here this guy has done a great job of documenting the project so wont insult him by trying to duplicate it here, just point you in the right direction.

One thing to be careful of is that the software being used (Motion) as of yet does not support the Raspberry Pi camera so a modified version has been produced and a great install guide is here: ... just scroll down a bit and there is some code you can paste to download and install.

Tuesday 12th November 2103
OK project Parrot Pi is back in the game, now with the new Pi Camera module, housed in a dummy security camera case (oooh that was a tight squeeze) the article that spurred me on to finish this project is here: scroll down a bit until you find a some code to paste in which gets the project and installs it.

Have the modified version of the Motion code working with the Pi camera, this is what has been holding me back for months, will try and post some links to pictures later.

Monday 4th February 2103
Back on the road again but a good weekend, project "Parrot Cam" now has its own Pi (old Rev 1 board, 256MB ram), micro wifi adaptor and a "no name special" web cam stuck to the widow running Raspbian and Motion and apart from the fact the resolution is desperately poor its all working good ... great view of the bird feeder from up here in Edinburgh ... er ok it would be if it was not dark and the resolution was not so crap ... theory De Jour about that is an issue with the Pi & USB throughput, see the article in Pi Land here:

Wednesday 30th January 2103
Left for another trip and pointed the cam out of my grubby office window, set up the port forwarding on the home router and yey .... we have a picture! The quality is rank but that's more to do with the crummy web cam and my dirty windows so the next phase is a better web cam and move it so it can see the bird table :-)

Friday 25th January 2103
Hey it works, well at least the motion stuff does, there was only one little typo in the explanation:
pi@raspberrypi ~ $ sudo services motion start
sudo: services: command not found
pi@raspberrypi ~ $ sudo service motion start
Think we can forgive that for all the assistance given ;-) now I need to get the Pi outside, solar powered and aimed at the bird feeder :-)

Tuesday 22nd January 2013
OK I have been about tinkering with Pi's & Linux just been lazy about blogging and busy with work & family. One Pi Project I have been desperate to do is "Pi-Parrot-Cam" or a wireless streaming web cam to spy on the bird feeder, hardly ground breaking I know but hey its what I want to do .... looks like someone has beat my to it ... thanks for doing the hard work and I shall shamefully plagerise and report back.
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