Camera and monitoring complete - for now

A project log for Vending Machine for Birds

Simple, inexpensive bird feeder that dispenses peanuts in exchange for dropping stuff in a hole. A vending machine for clever birds.

stephen-chaseyStephen Chasey 09/18/2023 at 11:100 Comments

I managed to enable/disable the camera based on a schedule, so I think I can wrap this part up. Power consumption while the sensors are idle and the camera is disabled is ~110mA. With the camera enabled it draws ~185mA. Streaming adds another ~35mA (~220mA with camera enabled and streaming).

To recap what's there so far:



I removed the manual turning on of the sensors, as this is not super useful by itself, at least with my use case. I also removed the buttons to manually enable and disable the camera, as there is already a place in the UI to do this.



Power Saving

Updated scripts are on GitHub. I also added a script you could use instead of the 555-based timer on the PCB. 

So now I will add some documentation to GitHub on how to use these scripts with motioneye/motioneyeos and the PVC enclosure build.

I am feeling like I've hit the "feature-complete" milestone on this project - it's doing everything I want it to. 

Now I just need to get it back outside somewhere.