When version 2 of the Raspberry Pi camera was launched there was much celebration of the higher resolution and improved image quality, and with good reason. The new unit provides superior performance whilst remaining compatible with all Pi models with a camera connector. More information can be found over at the official Raspberry Pi website.
This new camera module is perfect for building an intelligent webcam that monitors use of the laser cutter in our workshop, allowing all members of staff to see what is happening within the machine. In this post we will build the camera into an acrylic housing and configure the software for video streaming and motion detection.
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