$10 Remote Home Security Hack




About: Overclock

Turn an ordinary inexpensive webcam into a hidden home security system viewable anywhere in the world from your cellphone! i really hope you like this and if you want a better feel of the project you can watch my video !


Step 1: The Things You Will Need !

You will need only 3 things :

1. Webcam with or without microphone (with is way better) !
2. Plush/Stuffed Animal , color black is ideal because it hide's the lens !
3. Cellphone that supports internet video / 3g with wap/gps connection !

Tool's you will need :

1. Knife,
2. String & Needle

Step 2: Step 1

The First Thing You Do !

Take the knife and make a square 2cm hole where you think it would be less visible on the toy, in my case the color was just not right so i chose the chest !

Step 3: Step 2

Continue Cutting

Now this time cut out a line in the back of the toy just enough for you webcam to fit inside the toy as shown in the image below !

Then remove cotton found inside until you think your Webcam might fit inside just right as shown in picture nr 2.

Step 4: Step 3

Place your webcam inside !

As shown in the picture place your webcam inside the toy, make sure the lens line's up with the hole 2 cm square hole, and dosen't move while in place if needed you can ad some cotton back inside your toy until you consider that the webcam inside is stable !

Then you can sew the second hole back and make sure that the webcam dose not fall , leaving the usb cable in the middle back so that you can be sure you can hide it later on.

Step 5: Step 4

Now that your webcam camuflaj is setup.

Connect your camera to your computer you may want to minimize the visibility to the toy/spycam find an angle where it's hard to be seen and easy for it to "see"

Step 6: Step 5

Now the hardware is all done, it's the software that you need now !

You will use a program that uploads live picture feeds every 3 seconds to a server that can be accessed by wap, now this type of program is relative easy to find on the internet you can "google" for software like this but i found one to save you the hassle and i made it available for you all at my website www.security-h.com where you will find a download link on the main page !

The Installation Process Is extremely simple,
It's a basic "next,next" setup installation witch most of novice computer users are familiar with.
After installation , you may use the "help menu for instructions on starting the server , but if the webcam is connected to the computer with correct drivers installed , then it's really easy just by starting a live feed and making a mini server with a username/password and accessing only by browsing your computers IP address with your cellphone. username and password are set up by you in the configuration part of the program's installation !

If your cellphone is connected to wap/internet with a relative good speed and supports these 3g features then ur all set !

Step 7: Final Step

Here you can see my viewing my webcam from my cellphone !

The quality is really good and you can record these images on your computer and watch them from miles and miles away in your hand !

For Better Clarification and Understanding Watch My Video At The Beginning Of This Instructable !

Thank you and feedback is welcome !



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    36 Discussions


    8 years ago on Introduction

    do you plug it into a wall socket, or do you have to use your computer?


    8 years ago on Introduction

    i love it! good job! i will totally use this to put my bedroom under surveillance, or use it as a cool party trick. keep up the good work.


    8 years ago on Step 6

    the link you gave is no longer available may I ask for the new link or the name of software..?


    9 years ago on Introduction

    hahaha it makes me laugh when he cuts it!

    It could be more stealth if you ekhm... removed one of its eyes to replace it with camera! Next you could change the other eye to look more like camera. I'd do one, its awesome. Regards


    11 years ago on Introduction

    Hmmm.... How much do you get for including the advert? Sorry, but for me that turns an otherwise-good Instructable into spam.

    10 replies

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    Yeah, I read through and was about to post a different comment until I saw yours. After viewing the website, I'd have to agree with you completely. Including a link to a site that obviously commercial wrecks this whole effort. Shame, that...


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    how is this different than telling people they can get the parts at lowes or home depot for their diy project? or showing how to make a 'minty boost' charger and then giving a site where you can buy the kit or even the ready made unit? unless you plan on building everything from scratch including your tools, workbench, batteries, the house you build in, etc. you will need a source to find it. lighten up. this is simply the way he did this and he has shown exactly what he used to do it and where to get it(which is what instructables is all about). if he hadn't you would be railing on him for not giving enough information. there are many other ways to do this. if you are offended by anything other than something you invent and make yourself, find another way or just go someplace else. and if that is the case, why would you be on this site anyway? isn't this site to learn from others and get new ideas? this negativity is really harmful. be positive or don't comment.


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    I'm over it, my friend. Mr. Square and I had it out and that's that. If you're really bored, though, you might think about doing something more productive, like writing your own instructable and adding to this awesome community. I do, however, appreciate your zeal, misguided as it may be. Inciting more adversity can only beget harm. I'm taking my own advice on this one. Peace.


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Wow...the response time of the comment police sucks these days.

    I'm entitled to my opinion and to share it. I wasn't hostile, just negative. No good scientist, inventor, or hacker should be afraid of criticism, it improves our final work.
    Beside, the last time I checked, people using this website were free to comment as long as they remained respectful.

    I said that the ad tarnished the instructable, and in *MY OPINION* it did. If it didn't wreck it for you, that's awesome, but leave my comments alone.

    Your pretentiousness is really harmful. Mind your own business or don't comment.


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    i'm sorry i didn't comment sooner, but i don't read every instructable every day. i'm sure you will have something to say about my response time on this post as well. fire away.

    i will admit that criticism can be a good catalyst for good scientific work. constructive criticism. if i'm being pretentious, well let me refer you to your own comments. 'i'm entitled to my opinion,' and 'last time i checked, people using this website were free to comment as long as they remain respectful.' so please respect *MY OPINION* and follow the rules by not resulting to name-calling.

    i understand your point. just keep in mind that when you post an instructable it asks you to set the license type (open source, commercial, etc.). people do try to make money off of their projects. maybe there should be a purely open source site, but this is not it. it is entirely within his right and not any sort of faux pas. i'm sorry if it ruins your experience and i'm sorry if i was offensive to you.


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Firstly, don't you find it sad that you're defending your right to an opinion...even though you attacked mine in the first place?

    As for the name calling bit, I think most people would describe people who attempt to display their own imagined moral superiority by policing the internet postings of random strangers as, at the very least, pretentious.

    Finally, as for you quoting the "be nice" policy at me...if you feel that my initial comment was a violation of that principle, feel free to click "FLAG" next time, and let the people who run this site make the judgement call. Flaming my comment serves no purpose.