Raspberry Pi Reptile Cam monitors lizards for optimal support

There’s nothing quite like the love that little creatures bring into our lives, but it’s not always easy to ensure that their environment is fully optimized for their needs. That’s where manufacturer Jamie Munro’s reptile camera project comes in. With the help of a Raspberry piehe is able to monitor his pet lizards in real time and track important factors that can impact their well-being.

This isn’t Munro’s first foray into the world of microelectronics. In fact, he has a website which doubles as a portfolio showcasing an extensive history of microelectronics and programming projects that back up the level of quality seen in this reptile camera project.

The reptile monitoring system consists of a web-based GUI that provides live statistics about their environment as well as a live video feed from the enclosure. It relays information such as current temperature, humidity levels, and even has options for configuring power outlets connected to things they use like heaters and lights.

Munro uses a Raspberry Pi 3B+ to control the operation, but there’s no reason you can’t use a newer model like a Raspberry Pi 4. A Pi Zero can work but you’ll need more performance power to run the web-based GUI smoothly. and environmental sensors. In addition to the Pi, a webcam is used to capture the video stream, a stepper motor and driver are also included, along with LEDs and a DHT11 sensor.

The web GUI was built from scratch using Node-Red and Javascript. The stepper motor is used to control the orientation of the camera, so users can point it around the terrarium as they wish using the web interface. The GUI also outputs temperature and humidity data from the DHT11 sensor module. Munro has also added a few more features, including the ability to capture and save images.

If you want to recreate this Raspberry Pi project, visit the original Reptile Cam Project page on its website for a detailed look at how it all fits together. You can also find the project source code at GitHub. Be sure to follow Munro for more updates and future Pi projects for lizards and humans.

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