This is a simple bit of hardware and software that uses a raspberry pi and a 2 servo pan/tilt bracket to sweep a webcam across the room when motion is detected.
Images and videos are uploaded asynchronously to a server so that you can check on your camera(s) from anywhere that you have Internet access.
A companion script monitors the internet connection and keeps it alive, useful if your wifi network connection is as flaky as mine.
This comes in handy as a security monitor as it captures a broad field of view and gets it up into the cloud fairly quickly, hopefully you won’t need it but in case of a break in, you’ve got a good chance of having some useful footage.
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