The Raspberry Pi Makes A Great DIY Surveillance System

first_img Lyra Is a Handheld Gaming System Powered by a Raspberry PiRaspberry Pi Used to Steal 500 MB of NASA Data Plug-and-play wireless security cameras are cheap as chips these days. Unfortunately, many are made by companies that care very little about security… so why not build your own with a Raspberry Pi?Sure, you can just hop on Amazon and pick up connected cameras for $30 or so, but why not go the geeky route instead? You’ll only spend a few extra dollars, and at the end of the process, you’ll have the satisfaction of being able to say you built your very own Big Brother setup from scratch!The key to building a low-hassle, Pi-powered surveillance system is motionEye OS. It’s a Linux-based OS purpose-built to tackle this very task. All models of the Raspberry Pi are compatible, from the dirt-cheap RPi Zero to the bigger and better Raspberry Pi 3.You can even use several Pi alternatives if you’re so inclined, like Hardkernel’s ODROID boards, but it’s tough to beat the massive Raspberry Pi community when it comes to support.To get started, you’ll need to order or scrounge a few other things — a camera module or a USB camera, for starters, a micro SD card for the OS, and a power source. You can go totally wireless if you want and  run your cameras off power banks if you don’t mind recharging regularly.It’s not as daunting a project as you might think. TechRadar’s how to post provides a nice walkthrough of the process, and you can find solutions to most common issues on the motionEye OS FAQ.The end result is a professional-looking surveillance system that you can proudly show off to your geeky friends… or you can let them find out about it later when you post the embarrassing party footage you captured. Stay on targetlast_img read more

Someone Turned an N64 Into a Working Nintendo Switch Dock

first_img The Nintendo Switch is a neat piece of technology. However, there’s nothing special about the dock that charges it and enables it to be played on a television. Lacking any kind of extra processing power, the Switch dock is little more than a piece of plastic. The Switch dock was too boring for one modder who decided to fashion a new dock out of a classic Nintendo console.YouTube and Reddit user Tettzan Zone uploaded a video that shows one of the coolest constructions we’ve ever seen. He took a broken down Nintendo 64 system and turned it into a dock for the Nintendo Switch. This custom dock works exactly like the regular one. The only real difference is that the Joy-con controllers cannot be slid onto the system while it is docked. Other that, this setup works remarkably well.Prior to this, Tettzan uploaded a video where he showed off another custom dock. It appears he took the main piece of that build and stuck it into the back of the custom N64 dock. Another change is with the controller ports. Instead of the original N64 ones, these controller ports are standard USB ports. An N64 controller would be useless here, so utilizing UBS connections makes a lot of sense.Tettzan will upload a more detailed construction video later this week. This is great news for those of us who are curious about how this all works. This is also great for those who may want to create their own custom Switch dock. Perhaps we’ll eventually see other classic Nintendo consoles converted like this in the future. Imagine a custom NES dock where you can insert the Switch the way you would an old NES cartridge. You can’t tell me that wouldn’t be awesome. Somebody out there, please make that happen!Buy it now!The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the WildNintendo SwitchEssential Nintendo Switch Accessories ‘Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ Was Final Mission From Late Nintendo President Stay on targetlast_img read more