Tuesday, March 07, 2006

The Door Sign Mk. III

Or, how I have fulfilled my dream to become even more antisocial. I took my old doorsign (which had LEDs indicating where I was at the moment), and added a stripped-down webcam that transmits through the longest USB cable in the world right back to my computer. So now I can see what's going on out in the hall without actually opening the door and checking. It's great.

Here's a picture of the doorsign itself:
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This is what it currently sees across the hall:
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And just for kicks, here's the nice box that controls the LEDs (it used to be bare wires sticking into a breadboard, just for comparison):
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Anyways, the next step is going to be to add a pan/tilt mechanism to the camera. maybe even a zoom, if I can find an old camera or something to cannibalize parts from.
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