Recently my wife and I suspected that some unwanted guests had been visiting our garden. After a discussion we decided that we needed a motion activated camera that could send us emails once it detected movement. We also wanted the ability to view the live video stream from the camera on demand.
As a fully fledged Raspberry Pi geek I knew right away that I wanted to build my own solution. My wife was not so convinced, and starting listing the dozens of unfinished projects I currently have on my backlog. After promising her that I would see this project through to the bitter end I finally got permission to build a proof of concept
This project required no coding, but quite a bit of configuration. It took about 6-7 hours to complete once I had the parts in place. I spent most of this time wrestling with Linux and this blog will hopefully help anyone attempting a similar project.
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Amazon Rekognition is nothing close to “free”. While there may be merit in trying to decipher hundreds of still-images (per month) according to their pricing model – you’d be better off financially by hiring a team of security guards working 24/7 to protect that “garden” rather than analyze just one single real-time video feed for any duration.
If I continue using my camera after the free period, and average 50 images a day, then Rekognition will process 18,250 images on my behalf. At the current pricing ($1 per 1,000 images) I’ll pay $18 a year.
How many security guards are you planning on hiring for that?
Sorry you are not impressed by my "garden". I’d like a bigger one, but the property prices in Oslo are just insane. I think we are experiencing a bubble :S