For anyone working on sustainability, permaculture, or just has a lot of chickens, this project might come in handy. Made by Frederick Vandenbosch – via hackster.io
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.
Make a robot friend with Adafruit’s CRICKIT – A Creative Robotics & Interactive Construction Kit. It’s an add-on to our popular Circuit Playground Express, FEATHER and other platforms to make and program robots with CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. Start controlling motors, servos, solenoids. You also get signal pins, capacitive touch sensors, a NeoPixel driver and amplified speaker output. It complements & extends your boards so you can still use all the goodies on the microcontroller, now you have a robotics playground as well.