Build your very own neighbor cam, desktop cam, or wildlife cam, or security cam, or…or… really any kind of camera! The PimoroniOctoCam kit has everything* you’ll need, including a Pi Zero W, a super-small 5MP camera, a fun octopus acrylic mount with four suction cups, and a desk stand. It’ll take around 30 minutes to put it all together (check out Pimoroni’s assembly guide for details).
OctoCam uses the neat little Pi Zero camera, the most compact way to add a camera to your Pi. It uses the same 5MP sensor as the original Pi camera, so it works out of the box with your Pi, in the same way as the official Pi cameras. The cable and circuitry are all built-in, meaning that connecting it is as simple as plugging in the ribbon cable to the connector on your Pi Zero W.
This kit takes advantage of the built-in wireless LAN and Bluetooth on the Pi Zero W, meaning that there’s no longer any need for a USB Wi-Fi dongle.
OctoCam is perfect for setting up a compact CCTV camera in your house, or for recording time lapses. Stick it to your kitchen window and keep an eye on your bird feeder or nesting box. Keep tabs on your cat or dog while you’re out of the house, or use it to track the growth of your houseplants!
Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, TinyGO, or even use the Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.
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