When I did this project in 2012 babycams cost from NOK 2000 and up, so I decided to see if I could build one using a Raspberry Pi, an IR light and a very cheap webcam.
This will of course only be a level 0 night vision (active).
In my opinion most radios, especially internet radios, have horrible interfaces. Small buttons, small displays, often touch, often several functions for each button.
So Erik and I set out to design a new, better radio for ourselves. Our main requirements were ease of use and a very physical UI. Something you’d want to touch and play with.
I want to know where my car is. Especially if it gets stolen. Logs would be a bonus. Also, I have several outdated Android phones, which has all necessary hardware.
- I don’t want to use Google (latitude) or other service providers (embedded hardware).
- I don’t want to pay, unless I have to.
- If possible, I’d like it to do more (explained further down).
A few years ago I wrote a collection of scripts for Debian/Ubuntu to make digital photo frames of outdated laptops. Lots of people have done this. What made photOS v.1 special was the idea that it was a place for your phone to rest. Meaning recharge, dump photos, and display photos on the big screen. All by just plugging in the power cable.
In the movie Brazil you can see small, mostly black/white, stripped down, CRT monitors. I’ve also seen a store having CRTs in transparent cases. Somehow I think this is a cool retro look, so I built my own. Primarily to display weather forcast by my door.
Remember CRTs uses thousands of volts, so one should keep fingers away.