In 2012, a series of Rasberry Pi (a single-board computer) were introduced, that intended to give a first hand learning experience of a fully-functioning PCBs to computer science students during their graduation level. But this technology has proved to be more useful for a large community of technology lovers. Since then with the help of the additive manufacturing technology and using Raspberry Pi PCB board, numerous interesting projects were implemented and shared online. And now, with the advanced Respberry Pi 2 (900 MHz quad-core processor, 1 GB RAM and four USB 2.0 ports) on-board, implementing an innovative and powerful project is no big deal.
Recently, blogger and product analyst, Raymond Wong who works for Mashable, has been trying his hands on a little off-beat yet an interesting project. Browsing over an endless list of experiments on the internet Wong was inspired to build his very own spy-gear, using a Raspberry Pi PCB board, and soon afterwards, mounting it on a 3D printed bow-tie. Wong explains, ‘A simple Google search brings up thousands of cool Pi projects and hacks; people love the little $35 computer. To date, more than 5 million units have been sold since the Pi debuted three years ago. A handful of different models exist now, but the spirit remains the same: Go out and hack it into something awesome.’ In fact, there’s been several such DIY projects available on the internet for an enthusiastic and passionate tech-loving geek to use his imagination and build something very innovative.
Using the Raspberry Pi 2 himself, Wong wanted to try something interesting. He explains, ‘It’s underpowered and you can’t really juggle more than a few tabs in a web browser — but it all works, as long as you’re willing to wait a few seconds longer for things to load,’ He adds, ‘[So] I set out to do something fun with the Pi 2.’ After a little bit of searching on the internet he chose to make a spy-gear. He found this project to be perfectly suitable for him and it turns out it’s pretty easy for anyone who has used a Raspberry Pi before. But for that you need a portable battery pack, microSD card with SD card adapter, Wi-Fi adapter, Ethernet cable, Micro USB cable and Raspberry Pi camera module.
Once you realize that you are getting a hang of the new RaspBerry Pi 2 then you may try experimenting with it to make numerous interesting project. But if you are more enthusiastic about making a spy cam then the video (above) will be a good guide for you.
If you’re a big fan of the Mission Impossible series and if you are crazy about technology, I’m sure you’ve tried making their own spy-gear similar to that of Ethan Hunt’s. But if you haven’t then thanks to Wong, building your own spy cam will become a reality.
Featured image: Mashables