Introduction: Simple Workshop Activity Monitoring System
I made this system in 2011.
For 20 years I have been working all by myself in my workshop. Because I work on several machines at the same time, I decided to make my monitoring system .
I did this to protect myself and my machines. This way I can monitor my activity and see if and where things go wrong.
Step 1: Wiring and Components
Necessary components :
1. PC ( Used Dual Core Desktop Pc ~ $200 ) ;
2. 4 x Webcam ( I use 2M Pixel Webcam ) ( 4 x $20 = $80 );
3. 1 x USB PCI Card ( $12 );
4. 4 x 10m USB active extension cables ( 4 x $12 = $48 ) .
Step 2: Me and My System
Here I photographed the Webcam and the Webcam photographed me.
Step 3: Software
From 2011 until yesterday (2/2/2015) I used a software written by me .
From now on I'll be using this software : http://www.free-screencast.com/
I did some tests today and everything works fine .
Step 4: Example 1
Monitoring my CNC Mill.
Step 5: Example 2
Monitoring my lathe .
Step 6: Example 3
Monitoring me .
Step 7: Example 4
Monitoring me . Again .