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Motionactivated camera that sends pic via phone???

excuse me I'm green here but my brother said this is the place to ask... There are a lot of game cameras for capturing game pics. These are set up around game trails, feeders ect to capture pics of animals(bigfoots) coming and going. They are set in the field and checked periodicly. No big deal if you live close by but there are areas I'd like to check on 100 miles from me. Plus these cames are suject to being stolen.Some one is now making one that send the pic to a website via a Tmoble acct. A great idea, pics are sent when they are taken ( a thief cannot walk home with is photo under his arm). But... $500?? plus acct. activation? and a serparate website? nuts In reviewing the stuff here and failing to find or ask properly...i know there is talent here to create somthing that will work and send the pics directly to an individual email acct. The cheepest digital game cam is $60 at walmart, I figure a cheep pay as you go cell phone and viola! except I'm better at fixing boats. If anyone can put me on the right track to simplifing this I would appriciate it. Thanks cw

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VIRON9 years ago
First, Forget everything you know, it's wrong. Second, consider hiding the available products from thieves. (Easiest, Cheapest, Quickest) Third, bust the Digital Myth, because analog and digital cameras (webcams too) actually use the same lenses and CCD chips! Fourth, do you know how to set up a surveillance camera to a monitor or a TV, and maybe a recording device? Fifth, have you ever watched TV with an aerial, and used a VCR? Sixth, a motion sensor works like a switch, just like other sensors. Perhaps send a beep on the audio channel when it triggers. On the other end, use a sound sensor to take a picture. (That's not as easy as it sounds, but not too hard either.) Seventh, back to aerial, use a UHF modulator to send the picture from the remote location. A high gain directional beam antenna helps. Eighth, I think maybe we're done. What good is a complicated PC here? If you know, then just do it! So far, no service provider is necessarily involved! Perhaps... Put the PC close to the camera and just stream it away online! But, As far as I'm concerned, it's the slowest part of the mouse trap, which gives the "mouse" plenty of time to get away. You might rather put a wifi cam out there, because you still believe in the digital myth, and wifi is conveniently linked to that PC. And maybe you think there are camera thieves walking around with analog TV's instead of wifi-enabled devices, tuning their UHF knobs, looking for cameras to steal. So put up decoys then.
usabarber VIRON6 years ago
Perhaps you can answer me. Is is possible to change the frames on a security camera or game camera using some sort of a remote device? Are you aware of any form of transmitters that are wireless, small, and blinks red and or white? You seem to be very knowledgable and I would be grateful to you for your help. Thank you, usabarber
VIRON usabarber6 years ago
A lot has changed at least around me since the beginning of this thread.
Now it comes down to what is the simplest thing that can be done with
whatever is available. Analog used to be very consistent, and digital is
very inconsistent when it comes to DIY projects and parts.
It hasn't actually gotten any harder to transmit images though, starting
from scratch.
Primitive FAX machines were invented to transmit images even before 
simple telephones existed in the 1800s. Surely something could be 
rigged up today to do the job with less effort even if, more or less, the 
modern technology seems too specific-purposes oriented
What I mean by that is , for example, analog security cameras can be more 
easily used for unintended purposes than a cell phone with a built-in 
camera, or a web-cam, where any new use must be an "app" or a "feature".

Specific answers:
Its possible to change the frame rate to match something, even if by 
disassembling and re-assembling the camera and display and re-
designing them to match. Worthwhile? Sometimes maybe.
Which is better to invest in the result; Time to create it or Money to buy it?
(Many recent camera and display parts are almost microscopic and nearly
impossible to assemble by hand.)

Remote control can be very generic, so its not much of a problem.

A laser pointer or LED can provide surprise transmit range in line of sight,
but not very well for ordinary video. Occasional snapshots can be sent
efficiently at a slower rate than video, like FAX in a worst case situation.
Most legal radio modules have much less range than light beams.

Blinking colored lights are common and have been for a hundred years,
so they are not much of a problem.
You forgot that he is at least 100 miles away. A lazer beam with a unobstructed line-of-sight that far? Unlikely.
VIRON VIRON9 years ago
I forgot an important detail here above: If the camera is so remote that it MUST be wireless and solar-charged, it should only be turned on momentarily by the motion sensor so that it doesn't waste all of it's limited power and bandwidth when no pictures are being taken.
Invent8 years ago
What about a laptop powered by 12 volt battery, charged by solar panel. Add a webcam, and an air card. Set up a few rules to have the air card connect at specific times, then remotely take over the laptop. Would this work?
That kinda defeats the whole price thing. Unless you could get an old donor laptop...
Aaaaah. This is a pretty old thread. I wonder if anyone is still reading it. Oh well. Apologies to everyone for such a late entry, but this project sounds too fun to pass up. Late or not, I had to throw in my hat. Having read what seaweaver wrote, I can say that what he wants would be fairly easy to implement pretty much exactly the way he described it, with one addition. Add in a cheap programmable device like a BASIC Stamp or even just a PIC chip. Crack open the cell phone and hook up wires to the buttons here would press to take a picture with his cell phone. An NPN transistor would work pretty well as a button bypasser that could be activated by a single pin from the preferred controller to simulate pressing a button. On my Samsung, I'd only need to bypass three buttons: the shutter button, the on/off button, and the select button. My email is already programmed into my phone, so taking a picture and firing off is pretty straightforward. Then the next thing is to teach the PIC to push that button sequence capture a picture and send it, including powering the phone up and down. Hack a motion detector to send a signal to the controller. The controller turns on the phone, snap a picture, sends it to his email account, and powers down again. Programming in BASIC is as easy as it comes, so that part is almost trivial, except for tweaking the program for delays. The phone would be the most expensive component, and he might want to power it with a couple of six volt lantern batteries or a motorcycle battery for longer life. The only caveat, besides weather issues, would be whether or not the area he was working has adequate cell coverage. Other than that, it sounds bone simple. Just my nuisance two cents. :)
acer739 years ago
Most webcams come with software for this and they will upload it FTP but im not sure for the phone.
rickick acer739 years ago
would it not depend on he phone
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