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So you got yourself a Raspberry Pi Zero and Camera kit?

For this Instructable, I designed a lo-tech faceplate with a heat-sink / camera hole. The plate, along with some other easy to find parts, can be assembled to make a fully portable, Internet enabled camera system. When you're done, you'll have a reliable platform that can keep your Pi Zero running for days at a time without re-charging. Possible applications include baby monitor, security cam, pet cam, conservation cam or any other practical, artistic or internet enable camera you can think of. In fact, the case I designed should work just as well without a camera, so the pros out there are welcome to download the vector graphic for the mounting panels and re-mix the whole thing. If you've got your Zero setup and the plywood pre-cut, the rest of the build should take less than an hour.

Here's what you'll need:

Raspberry Pi Zero and camera kit, $40 or less

Adafruit Pi Zero Camera Kit

A USB cellphone charger, $30 or less

Anker 10,000 mAh

WiFi Dongle, $9 or less

NewEgg Edimax

The Plate Vectors, Free

Youmagine SVG

Etc. $1 or less

Scrap 1/8" birch ply

2mm zip ties x 4

Sticky back felt strips

A rubberband or two

Total: $80

This is kind of expensive, but keep in mind that I went with the premium parts and didn't wait for slow shipping items or look for great deals, so you could easily substitute some materials and get the same result for cheaper.

Step 1: Apply Some Protective Felt

Assuming that you already cut the faceplates and you've got all your materials ready, the first thing to do is apply some felt strips to the back of the camera module. The module is going to sit between the faceplate and the Pi Zero, so you want to insulate it a bit and create a nice smooth surface for it to sit between the SMC components on the top of the board. Be creative, but you don't need much felt.

<p>Cute cat. Hmmm, lets see who is eating the cookies</p>
<p>For whatever reason, the link to the Youmagine file is doing nothing, try this direct one: </p><p>https://www.youmagine.com/designs/raspberry-pi-zero-faceplate</p>
<p>fixed, thanks.</p>
<p>No problem, just making sure to get all the needed info when archiving projects that I find interesting.</p>

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