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  1. Lockdown Project So I've been playing around with Raspberry Pi computers for a while now, building various tech gadgets for around the house. I have a 'pihole' which filters adverts from my household internet, great when looking at local news sites often overwhelmed with ads, also I connected an amp Hat to a pi and connected some ceiling speakers in my kitchen to create an airplay music server, which means you can use your iPhone to play music over the speakers. After setting up my grow tent and having an LED light, which are excellent for taking photos under and having a few redundant pis, I decided to make a cam to either view or take photos to put together for a time lapse. I won't call this a 'tutorial', more how I achieved it, if you're interested read on. Equipment and costs. Raspberry Pi Zero W £10 (pihut.com) Camera Module for Raspberry Pi £24 (pihut.com) Power supply plug £8 (pihut.com) Any old phone charger will do for this provided it has micro USB port that will plug into the pi. Micro SD card £10.50 64Gb (amazon) Pi case from the pi hut, look for one for your model that is designed for a pi cam Micro USB to USB converter (only if using RP Zero) Extras not included in build; A PC/laptop/mac A monitor or TV A PC keyboard An internet connection SD card reader if your PC/laptop doesn't have one Starting off First we have to format the SD card and install the Raspian operating system. Thankfully this as simple as downloading the Raspberry Pi Imaging software https://www.raspberrypi.org/downloads/ Choose the version for the computer you are using Windows, Mac etc. Insert your micro SD card into a card reader on your computer. Open Raspberry Pi Imager and create your bootable operating system. When finished it will tell you to remove your sd card. Note: For my build I used raspian lite, this has no graphical user interface, I would recommend using this for any Pi other than a Pi 4, due to hardware limitations. Insert the sd card into the card slot on the pi, at this stage I leave the pi out of the case. Attach the camera to the pi (there's a link at the pi hut for this),the keyboard to the usb port, hdmi lead into your monitor and plug the power lead into the pi. Turn on the electric supply. You should see lots of stuff scrolling on your screen, this is normal. When the Pi has finished booting you will get to a login screen, the username is pi and the password is raspberry (raspi default). Log in. Type the following in the 'terminal'; sudo raspi-config Using arrow keys enable the following; camera ssh rename your pi, I called mine growcam choose you network country GB add you wifi i.e, SKY12345 and add your password for your wifi Complete the configs and press finish. Type sudo reboot to restart your pi. Login with your new credentials. Test your cam In the terminal type sudo raspistill -k This should create a photo in your home folder Type in terminal; ls (this will list your home folder) You should see test.jpg listed, your camera is working. If you see the message; mmal: mmal_vc_component_enable: failed to enable component: ENOSPC mmal: camera component couldn't be enabled mmal: main: Failed to create camera component mmal: Failed to run camera app. Please check for firmware updates Your camera ribbons are not connected properly, or they're fucked! If cam is working, we should update the system. In terminal type; sudo apt update Let it do its stuff, then; sudo apt upgrade Roll a doob, make coffee, this will take some time. MotionEye We need to install some software for our camera, the software we'll use is called MotionEye. We are using a linux OS, so installing software is not like windows and does require some configuring. We shall be using terminal commands and install this remotely from your laptop/PC, this is what we enabled ssh for earlier. If you are using windows, you will need software for ssh, for this I recommend BitVice. I am going to assume you have changed your pis network name to something else, as I said before you can call yours something else, just don't use spaces. If using Windows type in bitvice terminal; ssh pi@"yourpiname".local If this doesn't work, go to your pi and type in terminal; ifconfig Look for an ip address, normally staring 192.168.0.*** or 192.168.1.*** Go back to the terminal on you PC/Laptop and type; ssh pi@whateveryouripis Replacing whateveryouripis with the ip gleaned from ifconfig. This should prompt you for a password, use the password we changed with raspi-config. Hopefully you will have logged in to your pi remotely. Follow this guide to install MotionEye on a raspberry pi; https://github.com/ccrisan/motioneye/wiki/Install-On-Raspbian This installation worked great for me and is packed full of features. I would recommend having a good ganders before getting stuck in. I would say doing sudo -i is a benefit, you can simply highlight the text on the install wiki and paste it straight into the terminal, started through ssh remotely. Pros are; Motion controlled video recording - Ideal if your want surveillance. Android and iPhone apps available. Timelapse feature Multiple camera control from one user interface. FTP to network locations (A great feature, my Timelapse uploads straight to my network storage device, the sd card can fill up quickly) Cons are; Not straight forward to install for those not used to linux commands Streaming over wifi is a bit limited As yet I've not been able to view over the internet, I'm trying to achieve this using dynamic dns. Future plans I would like to take this on a stage now and get some sensors working sending info to the pi and presented on a web ui. I've got my eye on a temperature and humidity sensor that can do this and maybe looking at an EC and PH sensor for my nft system. This would be handy tech if you're growing in a loft. I'll keep you posted.........if you made it this far without phasing out. Cheers All software used is free to use under GNU licences thingomy law stuff.
  2. Welcome to my little part of the world, please do pull up a comfortable seat and sit back to enjoy my offerings for your viewing pleasure. Firstly, I must express my continued thanks and appreciation to the Sweet Seeds team, @Sweet Seeds-tommy, @Sweet Seeds -Jaypp, and all the rest of the gang who make the magic happen for the rest of us ! Last year, I was the lucky winner of the Sweet Seeds 2017 Best Video, I have the trophy in pride of place in my living room, can't for the life of me get a good photograph of it as its glass with white etching on it, will try again later.... This year I will be doing a timelapse of a Cream Devil, from seed to harvest. I have my fingers crossed for many shades of red towards the end of the video to give it that wow factor, we will see ! As I am mid project at the moment I will be starting my main grow for the competition around the 2nd week of December, this will be a wide variety of Sweet Seeds offerings : So, that is me committed, the ball is rolling, tomorrow I shall set up the 40 x 40 tent with a 125 CFL for the Devil Cream. Get the camera all set up, and hopefully next weekend I will have a little 20 second video to show you of her popping out of the soil Until then, keep safe and have sweet smokes
  3. Enjoy guys .. A pretty cool Dinafem Blue Fruit timelapse grow I found online ...