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a project . i been wanting to do but dont knwo where to start... NANNY CAM


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so i been wanting to build a nanny cam. and not just one for sitting on a shelf. i would like to make a stuffed animal that can record to a internal sd reader to be accessed later. something i could send off to the sitters with the kids and not have the sitter be tipped off. i don't care of legality issues..

thanks or if someone is up for building one. i would like to see how it turns out.

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You probly have but I just got to ask, have you tried searching for nanny cams online? They maybe expnsive, Im just guessing. OH! I would take a wireless cam and attach it to the stuff animal. Broadcast it on the internet to a site only you know of. Have the server record it for later view. Thats my theroy. $5 says someone will tell you to use a fon on here lol.

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I would use a Linksys WVC54GCA camera or something similar and have it save the video files to a hard drive on a network pc instead of a SD card since videos take up a lot of space. I believe the software that comes with the camera lets you record when it detects movement although I don't know how good it works. You probably could also make a battery pack for it like the one used for the fon but check the power requirements for the camera first.

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You probly have but I just got to ask, have you tried searching for nanny cams online? They maybe expnsive, Im just guessing. OH! I would take a wireless cam and attach it to the stuff animal. Broadcast it on the internet to a site only you know of. Have the server record it for later view. Thats my theroy. $5 says someone will tell you to use a fon on here lol.

i have but they are all wifi or cable connected. i really would like something had doesn't need anything but it's self to run then later i could retrieve the video. that way nothing can go wrong

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I would use a Linksys WVC54GCA camera or something similar and have it save the video files to a hard drive on a network pc instead of a SD card since videos take up a lot of space. I believe the software that comes with the camera lets you record when it detects movement although I don't know how good it works. You probably could also make a battery pack for it like the one used for the fon but check the power requirements for the camera first.

i was thinking about using a a small big good power lithium batt pat i found online if i can find it again. but i thought the sd card cause its cheap and you now can get i think up to 32 gig sd cards

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Yeah, it would be a bad idea to put the footage on a website. . .

Even if it is secure and you need a password to get in. If people can get into the Hak5 forums, they can get into some website set up by you.

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The easy option would be a 1.2GHz or 2.4GHz wireless camera, they're pretty cheap on sites like DealExtreme and they're small enough to stick in a bear's eye or something. An SD card probably isn't going to get you the recording time you'd like, so you could just hook up the receiver to a DVR or small machine somewhere with a capture card in it. One issue would be security, since most of those cameras can be viewed using another receiver easily, there's no encryption or scrambling.

Apps like K!TV can do circular recording* with any codec you feel like, and can work with pretty much any capture card, so if you have a box (even a laptop with a USB capture device) running XP you can just make it headless and have it share the recorded video via a network share.

You could even modify an old PDA or phone to send the video to a service like Qik so you can view it live, or if you have a small machine built into a toybox, set top box case or a book then you could wire the stuffed toy's eye (a webcam, or similar) directly to the box below it.

If you wanted to get technical, you could probably stream it via bluetooth, though I imagine you'd have to write your own app for that, I've never seen an app to do that personally, they may exist though so take a look around.

* Circular recording is where it will always have the last x minutes/hours of the recording, like a looped tape. For example, you could tell it to record for 8 hours, and it will always have the last 8 hours of the recording.

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Imagine the horror when the nanny picks up the stuffed animal, look into its eyes, and realizes its a camera

lol well over the tome things have changed but all for the same reason. hey camea's are like locks they just keep and honest man honest they dont stop anything

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I was just thinking of the logistics of a kid wanting to carry around the furry. I imagine that when you go to review the video you'll have 4 hours of the couch cushion.

Although you don't care about legality if you suspect there is something going on it's better to follow the proper channels. The camera wouldn't be in your control and you would be recording person(s) without their consent. That right there could land you in jail, in the very least any recording would not be admissible in court as it was illegally obtained. If your recording sound then that's a whole different issue also. And lastly if the person(s) are under 18 then the charges could be anything from endangering the welfare of a minor to child pornography.

All that being said there a numerous inexpensive spy cameras on ebay that have sd or microsd slots.

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