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Bird box visitor's motion detector Answered

Hi, I'm looking for a motion detector with difference & wonder if anyone has any bright ideas. I have setup a bird box on the side of my house & it's early spring here in the uk. I'm only getting occasional visits from a bluetit couple & would like to know when the're home.

An initial idea is to check the brightness of the video image. It's monochrome so the brightness reduces dramatically if a bird is home. Any ideas how I can acheive this?

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schorhr (author)2008-03-05

What is your current setup? Do you use a computer to capture the video? There are several (free) tools that have motion detection. Most of the time its really just a comparison of images using brightness or color values.

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waldy (author)schorhr2008-03-05

Wow, quick reply, sounds good . I'm using yahoo live! to broadcast this. It uses flash software. Otherwise I have Winpauge WinTV software that came with the device.

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schorhr (author)waldy2008-03-05

The problem would be that the camera broadcast is handled by the yahoo service then. It would not be possible to use another video broadcast or upload programm simultaniously. I see a few options here: -Use another way to broadcast with a software that supports motion detection -buy a cheap 8 bucks webcam for the motion detection How should the notification work? email? SMS? Or just capture when theres activity? Also you could install some sort of switch that goes on/off when there is weight on the birdhouse.

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waldy (author)schorhr2008-03-05

Hi, Don't think I want to disturb the box now, it's quite high & has had lots of visits already. Its got a wireless camera with a receiver indoors. Get your point about the software, however I can run yahoo! & wintv simultaneously if I start yahoo first. Perhaps I try with capture software, got any suggestions?. best regards Waldy

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