Setup Raspberry Pi and Camera
Setting up the Raspberry Pi and Raspberry Pi camera is covered in dozens of blogs and tutorials. The most recent version of Raspian Jessie with Pixel is April 2017.
Below are some of the links that provide excellent tutorials in setting up your Raspberry Pi and camera:
The GertBot is a motor/power controller for the Raspberry Pi. I amusing model B . Although it comes with a detailed manual you can be up and running quickly.
1. Connect the motors and power supply to the GertBot. I am m using 2 x 9 volt batteries.
2. Connect the Gertbot to the Raspberry Pi (which is powered down)
3. Download the software
4. Start the program with ./gertbot
5. Press on connect and you should see something like this :
Setting Up Node Red and Installing additional nodes:
Node Red is an easy to use tool that is already installed on the Raspberry Pi. More info can be found here:
The most important step here is to update your version on the Pi:
Now check your version. I'm using Putty for this project as my terminal.
Now your Node Red is updated we are going to add some nodes to connect to our Raspberry Pi Camera and Sensor tag. The new version of Node Red allows a simple install through this option: <insert>
These are the additional nodes I needed for the project.
You need to get a free subscription key from Microsoft for the Computer Vision node.
The Dropbox node is perfect for this project. The new setup can be found here: Dropbox setupBut to see the picture in the Dashboard I had to tweak the link for the picture. I opted to use a Dropbox tool called Chooser to get a direct link to the picture downloaded to Dropbox. I will keep the same name for the .jpg picture and it should update the dashboard when a new picture is taken.
To view you Node Red flow just open a browser. Below is an example