This week’s Project of the Week and winner of the Smarter Devices Contest is the Squirrel Cam. Joey had a unique problem – a family of squirrels moved in under his house (in the crawlspace) and he needed to relocate them. To solve this problem, Joey used littleBits, a $5 camera from a garage sale and IFTTT.
How it works (from Joey’s excellent project description):
“The project consists of two circuits. The first circuit is placed next to a live Squirrel trap. It uses the motion trigger to detect the Squirrel and then triggers the servo bit to press the shutter release on a digital camera. The camera has an Eye-fi memory card which automatically sends photos or videos to my computer or smartphone once a Squirrel has been detected.
It also sends a wireless signal to the second circuit that lives in the house.
By dividing the Squirrel Cam into two circuits I was able to have the first circuit, with the motion detector and camera, run with just batteries as I have no access to AC in the crawlspace. The second circuit uses the USB power bit which is required by the Cloudbit.”
Watch the video explanation!