The aim of the project is to develop some super cheap night vision wildlife cameras & infra-red lights that can be housed in hollowed out logs and left to record video over a few nights. I want to capture footage of the wild otters and beavers that are living on a nearby river here in Devon (UK).
As a complete newcomer to programming this project may take some time. I have just about managed to get all of the hardware spec’s sorted -
I am using the RPi Noir (Infra-red) Camera + Mount
An old model B raspberry Pi
2no. Infra-red lamps (12v).
2no. 8 x AAA battery packs for the lights
1No 8 x AAA battery pack with BattBorg power converter to drop the voltage for the raspberry pi
As a test rig:
I intend to house the set-up & batterys in an upside down food container with a tight fitting lid and a small glass window to allow the computer and camera to be shut inside.
To set-up the camera in the field
I have a logitech wireless keyboard & touchpad,
A 12v 10.2" tv from Maplins (not HDMI)
I intend to set up the cameras & then leave them running for couple of days then collect the data and refresh the setup with a new fresh USB stick and batterys
At present the lights are powered by separate battery packs and are not linked to the raspberry pi. My long term plan is to run everything from one motorbike battery and have the lights swiched on and off by the rasperry pi
Future developments could include:
Light sensors to turn the camera and lights on after dark,
a submersible version,
some form of live streaming (There is no phone signal or 3g in the area so some form of radio set-up would be necessary)
any suggestions and advice would be much appreciated (Please bear in mind that I am a complete beginner when it comes to writing software)