Raspberry Pi and camera module holder
I set up several wildlife cameras, and an IP camera connected to the internet to track the coming and going at my rural property. But the passive infrared detector on the wildlife cameras don't work very well in the winter cold, and the IP (internet) camera's motion detection isn't very good.
A problem with the Raspberry Pi, is that it's so much lighter than the cables that connect to it. It's all too easy to pull it off the table by accident.
I cobbled together a simple stand to hold the computer, cables and camera. Hacking around with the Raspberry Pi was so much fun that I decided to get a second one. So now I needed another stand. This time, I documented the construction.
You can also see a black cable off to the left in this photo. I didn't have a micro USB cable handy, so I soldered a cut-off USB cable to the power pins instead.
I made some wooden spacers to go under the board to allow for room for the components on the bottom and the cable.
I figure that way, if I trip over the cables, the connectors won't get yanked to the side, so it shouldn't damage the connectors.
The block next to the HDMI connector protects it against getting yanked off to the side. There are two holes in the block to allow access to the micro-USB connector and 3 mm audio connector. I won't be using the power connector on this one because I already have a power cable soldered to the board.
This started as a block of wood. I drilled pilot holes for the screws, then cut a notch along the length, and one across it on the bandsaw.
The camera module itself is a 5-megapixel cellphone camera module. Very very small, with a very tiny lens. Surprisingly acceptable photo quality, all things considered. Better than the wildlife cameras, and better than webcams.
I also made another small bracket to help support the long antenna on the USB wifi adapter. The adapter's connector is all plastic so I could easily snap off, especially with a big antenna hanging off it. It has to be relatively far back so the lower USB connector can still be used.
I also made a top cover for one of my Raspberry Pi holders, with a camera mount at an angle. This is the one I mounted to the garage on my big garage shop in the country
I bought both of my Raspberry Pis before the the Pi 2 came out. But for what I'm doing the slower Pi 1 (model B+) is fast enough. I can only get about three still frames per second out of the camera module, and analyzing those takes under 20% CPU utilization.
My imgcomp program (motion triggered time-lapses)
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