Motioneyesos suction camera holder

Its called open beam, I think min is 20mm, or maybe its 15mm? I’d have to go measure it to confirm that. I haven’t bought any parts for it in a long while. Adafruit stopped selling it after I bought my kit.

I’m currently using the USB port to power my UNO. I will be buying a 9V barrel connector power supply from Adafruit at some point. I have a 16 x 2 LCD screen on my UNO. Its working just fine powered by the 5V via the USB port.
I think you can go as high as 20V in but the 5V regulator will work hard and get hot with anything over 12V. Which is why they recommend 7 to 12 V if you use the barrel jack power in or the Vin pin. .

Yes, that is what I use, barrel jacks, and that is where the 9v or 7v goes in.
I have a couple of 9v battery holers with a switch and a barrel jack, and they are just the job as it is fairly small and portable of course.

I tend to think that it was because of the added HC-SR04 sensor that maybe put an extra load on the 5v from the usb port, because otherwise the lcd screen does light up.

Yeah, stock USB 2 ports are limited to 500ma. Thats not all that much these days. And some tablets etc won’t do the full 500ma.
I have a 9V battery I can use if need be. It plugs into the breadboard, not the barrel jack. I had it ready if need be but didn’t have to resort to plugging it in.
I have a GPS breakout wired up that I got working. I could see the GPS data over a serial connection. And the 16 x 2 display working. The plan was to display the GPS data on the display but I never got that far. I had some family matters come up that needed my attention so it got put on the back burner for a while.

EDIT: Anyway, just got confirmation that my order shipped. So its hurry up and wait time, lol.

Oh I also have an accelerometer on the said board! I have fastend the LCD screen under the top of the box I have it in. This is to make easy to read the figures on the screen.

After another night of about 3000 pictures taken of nothing moving, I have gone back to motioneye for now.
I wasn’t really happy with motioneye because both my usb and pi camera were dropping out, ie no picture from either, and it got fairly often as well. I posted the problem on the motion group and was told to drop the resolution of the cameras.
So now I’m going to check or see how it goes with lower resolutions.

I run mine at 1280 x 720. The spec for the Pi camera says it supports 1080P @ 30FPS and 720P @ 60FPS. At 1280 x 720 my video is pretty good. Just a little lag now and then. Its usually around 20+ FPS.

I haven’t had a camera issue in a while now, knock on wood. Now that I fixed that one iffy camera its pretty reliable. Most of mine I shut down at night. I only have one I leave running 24/7. It’s a 3B+ and V2 camera. I have motion disabled though. I just monitor them via the web interface and take the occasional video manually.

Yes, I have my Pi camera at 1024x768, but the usb camerqa is at 320x240, and I must admit that it is a good picture. Anyways I’ll see how they go and adjust as required.

Tried to update my cameras via the web GUI update option today. 3 of the 4 failed and then would not connect to my network. Ended up reimaging and setting them all back up from scratch. Used the new image and all is fine now.

My ultrasonic distance sensor arrived Friday. I haven’t done anything with it yet other than remove the extra circuit board. There were no extra components on it, like in the picture, just straight wiring from the large mounting holes to the pins on the module. I put a male header on it so I can plug it into a solderless bread board. Near as I can tell its just a regular HC-SR04. Going to try and play with it in the next couple of days.

Yes, the HC-SR04 is dead easy to get it working , but the lcd screen needs a 10k pot to set the contrast, which is the main thing. Once that is done, bingo, you’re away.
I did a check of the distances with my sensor, and while not exact, it is fairly close with the measurments. On a measured distance of 44.5 inches, the sensor reads 44 inches. With a measured distance of 5 inches and 13 cms, the sensor reads 5inches and 13cms as nears as.

You can use a resistor in place of the pot. I have a pot wired up to mine at the moment. I had one on hand so why not use it. I’m probably not going to bother hooking the ultrasonic sensor up to trigger a camera. Still mulling that over. I can do it if you want, but I’m leaning more towards just hooking it up to my Arduino. The GPIO is not easily accessible on my Motion Eye Pi’s. And I now have really short ribbon cables on the cameras that were a PITA to attach with the Pi in the PIBOW cases, lol. It looks really nice and compact, just a pain to plug the cable in and get it locked. I think they were 5cm long or something?

I have 1 k resistor connected to the contrast wire on one of my projects, and have just tried the same on another just now.
I just use my sensor to measure distance, and yes I have used a 5mtr tape measure before, it’s just that I thought that the distance sensor would be easier.

If one of your cameras starts lagging and stuttering badly go into the File Storage menu and see what it shows for Disk Usage. I had one camera lagging badly and noticed quit by accident the disk usage was at 99%.
No pictures or videos where stored? I have no idea what used up the space? And I have two other cameras showing 10% disk usage with no pictures of videos stored on the device? Log files I guess?
The only way I could get the space back was to redo that card with a new image. Video stream is fine now.

Thanks for that little tip, and on my 2 cameras disk usage is only 5%.

That was my one camera that updated online via the GUI. Maybe it happened during the upgarde? Fixed for now anyway.

Something I’m noticing with the camera thats giving me all the issues is the metal window frame is messing with its WIFI. That window has aluminum flashing on it. If I rest the Pi right on top of the window sill with the wifi antenna close to the metal surface the FPS drop dramatically. Les than 5 FPS some times. Prop it up a bit on something non metallic and they perk up again, +10 FPS. Take it out of the window and I get around 20 FPS.

Bought one of these Raspberry Pi Camera Board Cases the other day,


You can use those suction cup hooks with it.

Bought one of these display backpacks too,

I didn’t want a shield, as that would have just complicated things for me. I’d rather just plug it in with jumper wires. I screwed some Teflon standoffs to the back so it stands up.

I like the case with the tripod mount and may go for one myself later.

Wow! that’s some long ribbon cable to the camera from the sill; did you have to go hunting for it, lol
Just something I have noticed with my 2 cameras, is that an old dashcam givces a better picture than the Pi3 Noir Camera. The dashcam gives a better colour picture, while the Pi3 Noir picture looks a buit washed out. Maybe because the Pi3 Noir is running at 25/1.0 fps, and the dashcam is running at 25/24.3 fps. Those figures do vary as time goes on tho’ , and are not static.

A couple of LCD 16x2 screens I bought from China had the I2C backpack on them, and like it says , you only need 5 wires. I have 3 of them in use with projects which I have done and finished.
1 is a gps sensor to give latitude and longtitude print out onto the screen, and another is a distance, angle and area sensors, which I find useful, and quite sensitive.

I bought two of those cases. Camera fits in really nice and secure. They look good too.
I got that cable here, I think its 50cm? I haven’t bought a NOIR camera yet. I’m up to four V2 normal ones now though.
I only needed 4 wires for i2c, SDA, SDC, +5V and Ground. I think it’s 5 wires if you switch it to SPI?
Really glad I bought it now, it makes using the display a lot easier.
I have yet to really do anything with my time of flight and ultrasonic sensors. Other than a quick make sure it works test. Summers on the way though, and thats when I get a lot of this type of stuff done.

Yes, sorry it is 4 wires for the I2C backoack, and not 5.

I do my project work from Autumn through to Spring give or take, and I don’t do much of it in the summer months.

On another track, I bought a new soldering iron with new tips, and my soldering is now much improved! I have soldered some resistors, buttons, jumper wires and mount pins onto a adafruit perma-proto board, then strapped it to a full sized breadboard to add a couple of other things, and it si working good. I’m quite proud of myself after that, lol

In another couple of weeks I’ll put my gazebo up on my back deck. That gives me a nice shady spot outside in the fresh air to play around with my gizmos. I have a nice long table I setup that gives me lots of room for my laptop and other odds and ends.

Practice makes perfect. Having good tools doesn’t help either.