This plastic raven is enjoying a new after-life as a practical yet creepy security camera, the Raven Pi. It has a Raspberry Pi in its belly and a Pi Camera embedded in its neck, capturing HD video whenever motion is detected. At the same instant its piercing LED eyes light up, its servo-controlled head swivels back & forth, and it loudly plays either a random raven sound or an extract from Christopher Lee’s reading of The Raven.
The security side is handled by the amazing MotionEye OS software, which is installed on top of a standard Raspberry Pi OS build. The raven even has its own rotary volume control, and its 3m USB cable lets it perch almost anywhere, ready to greet Halloween visitors or freak out passers-by at any time of year.
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