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.


Blogger chrisp said...

I enjoyed your engadget comment ("wait a minute, i've seen enough movies to know computers explode when you shoot them")

when i see a humerous comment like that, i check out the blog involved. This door contraption you have here is pretty sweet, however the sign is very nerdy. The video part is awesome, i don't like the idea of a massive USB cable running from my dorm door to the computer, however. If it could be wireless or hidden, i'd actually pay some reasonable money for that sort of a thing. And the sign could be cool if i could control it from anywhere, via cell phone or something. That way i could update it without going back to the dorm.

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Anonymous Andy said...

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well dude, think if someone ads some power to your cables from the outside, you burn your computer :P I would do that, just for fun!

12:35 AM  

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