ECE434 Security Camera

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thumb‎ Embedded Linux Class by Mark A. Yoder

Team members: Seun Ladipo and Ryan Oberlitner

Grading Template

I'm using the following template to grade. Each slot is 10 points. 0 = Missing, 5=OK, 10=Wow!

00 Executive Summary
00 Installation Instructions 
00 User Instructions
00 Highlights
00 Theory of Operation
00 Work Breakdown
00 Future Work
00 Conclusions
00 Demo
00 Late
Comments: I'm looking forward to seeing this.

Score:  10/100

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Executive Summary

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For this project we created a security camera that can be used to monitor a determined area. This is implemented with a BeagleBone Black and a PlayStation eye as the main components. We also have a manual operation mode as well as a live video feed that goes directly to a Blynk controller. Alongside this, we are also registering motion and sending a recording to a repo whenever this motion is registered. The use of this project is to, whether manually or automatically, monitor a defined area similar to surveillance cameras that are used in many places around the world today. This could serve as a replacement to a Google Nest Camera( priced at about $199 while our solution is priced at the price of around $90 total.


For packaging we decided to keep is very simple as the only device we have is the camera itself alongside the BeagleBone board. We did use a custom 3D printed housing to hold the camera in place with the servo.

Installation Instructions

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User Instructions

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Theory of Operation

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Work Breakdown

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Future Work

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thumb‎ Embedded Linux Class by Mark A. Yoder