The most popular choice is Raspbian, a debian-based OS that is optimized for pi’s hardware.To prepare your SD card and install Raspbian I recommend following Adafruit’s excellent tutorials here.This type of camera is hidden in a device like an alarm clock or stuffed animal.
Failing to do so could result in prosecution and loss of evidence.In other words, you can be sued and any recordings you collect won’t be admissible in court.Since you are not going to have your pi connected to a monitor or have a keyboard and mouse, I also recommend enabling Secure Shell (SSH) in your pi so that you can remote control your Raspberry Pi over your local network.Finally, it is a good thing to force a static IP address so that you can easily find the webcam server even if pi restarts.For example, for extra security (in case someone breaks into your house and steals all your equipment): you can upload the images to a remote FTP server.
To do that, edit the file and add the following external command: You can also run a shell script and send a notification to another computer.
A lot of the time when a new eruption occurs, the first question posted is “is there a webcam?
”, so I thought I’d try to come up with a definitive list of extant volcano webcam, organized by region of the world.
I use growl to send a quick popup alert to my Mac each time motion is detected.
Growl is a fantastic Mac OS-only notification system but luckily there is an excellent python library that you can use to easily access the Growl Network Transport Protocol (or GNTP) and send growl notifications to a Mac.
The Logitech C270 is a really good choice for this project as (1) it is 100% compatible with pi, (2) it has a really good 720p HD resolution and (3) it is very very small.