We have two chickens, and their coop is located at the back of the garden. I decided to build a Pi-based streaming device to check on them.
Because the coop is located at the back of the garden, I opted for a regular Pi Zero with external WiFi dongle, ensuring decent connectivity to my home network.
A Pi NoIR combined with Bright Pi’s IR LEDs takes care of the night vision in the coop. By glueing Bright Pi to the case’s lid and connecting to the Pi’s GPIO from the back, a neat little package is obtained.
I’m also experimenting with a 10W solar panel I had at hand from an older kickstarter. The idea would be to have everything powered from a USB battery pack, while recharging it during the day.
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