March 13, 2012 AT 12:11 am

Adafruit’s “Internet of Things” Camera

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Here’s our Arduino based “Internet of Things” camera. It’s a simple remote monitoring using the Eye-Fi wireless SD card and Adafruit Data Logging Shield for Arduino. The Eye-Fi card is a tiny wireless memory card. It stores photos and fits inside a camera just like a regular SD card, but also has built-in WiFi transceiver that can upload images to your computer, smartphone or to various photo-sharing sites. We use one here when taking pictures for our tutorials — it’s a great timesaver, eliminating the extra USB transfer step that’s otherwise necessary. Can the Eye-Fi card work in an Arduino SD card adapter? You bet! Adding a TTL Serial JPEG camera, together with some minimal prep work, we can then create a self-contained wireless monitoring camera with motion-sensing capabilities. Hide it inside a hollowed-out book or a plush dinosaur toy and discover who’s been eating all your Thin Mints cookies!

What makes this combination way cooler than just a normal SD card or a USB cable to a computer is all the infrastructure provided by the Eye-Fi service — not just transferring images to your computer, but pushing them to your smartphone, photo-sharing sites like Flickr, issuing email or Twitter notifications, etc. This is all configured through the Eye-Fi application — there’s no additional coding required.

Read more… & code is on GitHub.


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3 Comments

  1. This is an awesome product! I cannot wait to build this.

    Cheers

  2. What a great combination! I’ve used the EyeFi cards for a couple of applications before (live slideshow of wedding photos; nearly live blogging of XC trip), and they’re really terrific. Some may complain about them not being open source, but man, look at all the tech packed into that little card — awesome!!!

  3. Could one hook this up to the oled screen you sell?

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