Raspberry Pi (and camera module) as low-cost HD surveillance camera

F3ES8QYHO7X6PPL.LARGEInstrutables user Scavix has put together this great step by step guide on building a networked, HD surveillance camera using the Pi and associated components.

Features include:

  • Network access to live video
  • Storage & upload of recorded video
  • Motion detection & alerting
  • Night vision (with the IR camera & lights)
  • All weather housing
  • More

The housing is up to you but the rest is standard Pi components and the Raspian operating system.

(via Lifehacker)

Linux Voice Magazine – Open Sources Content after 9 months!

A new post over on the official Raspberry Pi blog features a new Linux magazine called Linux Voice. This mag has a couple of subtle differences to make it a bit more FOSS friendly.

Firstly, 50% of the profits will be invested back into the OSS community. The recipients will be chosen by the readers so it’s all kept fair.

Secondly, nine months after release, each issue and all content will be released under the Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike Licence (CC BY-SA)

You can find out more (and grab a subscription) on their IndiGogo page but we agree with the Rasp Pi guys that this is a fantastic alternative to traditional publishing models.

Or you can wait 9 months and we’ll re post each issue as soon as the open licence kicks in!

You can get the “Wolfram Language” & “Mathematica” on Raspian, for free!

The Raspberry Pi Foundation and Wolfram research have teamed up to bring Mathematica to the Pi.

What is Mathematica? Well according to the official Matematica site:

Almost any workflow involves computing results, and that’s what Mathematica does—from building a hedge-fund trading website or publishing interactive engineering textbooks, to developing embedded image-recognition algorithms or teaching calculus.

Mathematica is renowned as the world’s ultimate application for computations. But it’s much more—it’s the only development platform fully integrating computation into complete workflows, moving you seamlessly from initial ideas all the way to deployed individual or enterprise solutions.

All future downloads of Raspian will include the software be default but you can get it now but running the following in an LXTerminal Window:

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install wolfram-engine

It’s a pretty hefty download (some 600mb) so make sure you have enough space on your SD card and a bit of time for the packages to come down.

(More info at the official Raspberry Pi Blog)

NOOBS

The Raspberry Pi has a pretty good range of different operating systems and disk images that can be downloaded turning your Pi into a media center, a Scratch development machine and much more.

But downloading and installing these images can be tricky. How To Geek has a great post covering a project called NOOBS which aims to make it dead simple to install one of the major OS. If you’re confused by all the advanced tutorials to get started then check this out!

The Pi is at the heart of Kano, a computer anyone can make

Another day another cool Pi related project on Kickstarter.

This time it’s Kano – a build your own computer kit that features a Pi, a great keyboard with a built in track pad, a speaker and much more:

Kano: A computer anyone can make

1 – Kano Books, illustrated and intuitive
2 – Kano OS and Levels on 8GB SD card
3 – DIY Speaker
4 – Raspberry Pi Model B
5 – Kano Keyboard Combo
6 – Custom case
7 – Card mods and stencils
8 – Stickers!
9 – Cables: HDMI*, Mini-USB
10 – Smart power plug (all region pins available)
11 – WiFi powerup

Prices start at around $100 but this kit includes pretty much everything you’d need to get up an running with your Pi so is worth a look!