iSec Capture is a
Raspberry Pi security camera connected to the internet. It is housed
in a dummy security camera.
Here is a materials list:
1x Raspberry Pi Zero
v1.3 or Pi Zero W. The Pi Zero W will make the build much easier,
but I stuck with a Pi Zero 1.3 because I already had all the parts.
1x USB hub (if not
using Zero W). The best option is a person shaped hub, with limbs
being USB ports on wires. I got mine from Target.
1x MicroSD card,
preferably 8gb. Make sure it is a reputable brand and will fit an
OS! I like this
1x USB cable. The
type doesn't matter, as long as one end is a USB plug. This
one is a good length, a good price, and has thick power
1x USB power
brick. Ideally it would supply 2 amps. I am using a Kindle Fire
1x Raspberry Pi
Camera. The version doesn't matter. I am using the old camera.
1x Pi Zero
camera cable adapter. I got mine from Adafruit.
security camera. I can't find the one I used on Amazon. If it helps,
my camera had a battery compartment, and made noises when it
detected motion, like "Intruder Alert! You have entered a
no-trespassing zone! Do not touch anything!"
dongle (if not using Zero W). I recommend this
one because it has no casing and is cheap. It is intended for
the "pcduino" dev board, but I have tested it and it works with
1x Tiny USB
flash drive. I am using this
one. This one is USB 3.0, but that doesn't matter. The drive
should be fairly large (in storage).
Soldering. We need
some way to put the electronics together!
Dremeling. The dummy
security cameras have all sorts of supports that will get in the way
of our electronics.
Basic Raspberry Pi
skills. You need to be able to set up a Pi, put it on a wifi
network, and a few other Linux things.
3d printing. You may 3d print the camera module cover. I will not
supply the file because of the wide variety of different
models of cameras, but if you really need it, contact me by going to "Old
site" and fill out the form.
I won't be going into
detail on how to construct this because I didn't take pictures when I
made it and because the construction varies depending on what fake
camera you use, but it is fairly simple. Here's a diagram for Pi Zero
Here's one for the Pi Zero W:
Here's the finished product:
After this, I installed the software. I chose to use RPi Cam Web Interface.
It allows for software motion detection, which makes it great for a
security camera! Follow the instructions in the link to install it. Once
you get it set up, go to hostname.local/html in your browser to see a live
feed of the footage! If your motion detection is not working, change the
setting "Motion detect mode" to "internal".
However, we still need to set up the flash drive. I haven't gotten around
to doing that yet, but Raspberry Pi forum member btidey contributed this