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« on: February 24, 2011, 09:11:28 am »
I was looking to buy one of those new baby monitors that can stream video to your iphone/android phones but they are somewhat expensive and most have pretty bad reviews.  I was thinking that there must be a better solution.  I haven't carried my C1000 in over a year and was thinking it might make a pretty good low power personal webcam server.

Could anyone recommend a compatible USB camera that works in low light?  Also, I've more or less defected from linux to Mac so I'd also like recommendations for the software?  I'm guessing Debian is still going to be my best bet for the OS.

I'm starting to get excited about the project.  It might be my last chance to geek-out for a while, and I'm looking forward to giving my favorite old toy a new job.

Long live the Zaurus.
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« Reply #1 on: August 24, 2011, 01:40:31 pm »
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I was looking to buy one of those new baby monitors that can stream video to your iphone/android phones but they are somewhat expensive and most have pretty bad reviews.  I was thinking that there must be a better solution.  I haven't carried my C1000 in over a year and was thinking it might make a pretty good low power personal webcam server.

Could anyone recommend a compatible USB camera that works in low light?  Also, I've more or less defected from linux to Mac so I'd also like recommendations for the software?  I'm guessing Debian is still going to be my best bet for the OS.

I'm starting to get excited about the project.  It might be my last chance to geek-out for a while, and I'm looking forward to giving my favorite old toy a new job.

Long live the Zaurus.
Cal


Cal,

How did it go, did you ever get this working?  

If so it would be nice to hear your solution for hardware and software.
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« Reply #2 on: August 26, 2011, 01:32:07 pm »
Honestly, no it didn't go well.  I gave it a long afternoon, with no real luck.  I bought a network webcam on sale and forgot about it.  Resonantly, I build an internal mobile web app for my company's QC program.  I tried angstrom, but I just couldn't get it just won't boot.  The kexec kernel runs and the menu finds my root image, but it just hangs after a selecting the distro.

I would love to get it working again, but I get frustrated with the Akita situation pretty quickly.


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I was looking to buy one of those new baby monitors that can stream video to your iphone/android phones but they are somewhat expensive and most have pretty bad reviews.  I was thinking that there must be a better solution.  I haven't carried my C1000 in over a year and was thinking it might make a pretty good low power personal webcam server.

Could anyone recommend a compatible USB camera that works in low light?  Also, I've more or less defected from linux to Mac so I'd also like recommendations for the software?  I'm guessing Debian is still going to be my best bet for the OS.

I'm starting to get excited about the project.  It might be my last chance to geek-out for a while, and I'm looking forward to giving my favorite old toy a new job.

Long live the Zaurus.
Cal


Cal,

How did it go, did you ever get this working?  

If so it would be nice to hear your solution for hardware and software.

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« Reply #3 on: August 29, 2011, 11:09:49 pm »
Here's a cam that connects to your network without needing to go through a computer.  You can view the video from any device that has access to the internet.  Price is reasonable too ($149.99 ... cheaper on Amazon).

http://mydlink.dlink.com/DCS932L

The mydlink-enabled Wireless N Day/Night Home Network Camera (DCS-932L), is the perfect camera for your home or small office. The Built-in IR LEDs lets you see what is going on even when there is little or no light.
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