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Make a varmint detecting webcam that captures rascally rabbits in your backyard.
Thanks go to Bob Goldstein for the original article in MAKE, Volume 17.
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Check out the complete Animal Detector article in MAKE, Volume 17 “Animal Detector”
and you can see that in our Digital Edition.
Check out animals caught on video at Bob Goldstein’s blog.


  • weirscience

    Fun video! I like the cat participation. I’m gonna make one. From the tracks, I’ve either got Turkeys or Velociraptors coming around, and I’d like to find out which.

    For projects (like this) that require electric cords, I want to suggest an extra little Maker fetish – the Underwriter’s Knot:

    http://www.hope.edu/academic/engineering/labs/Electricity_Lab/Figures.html

    It’s easy, and adds at least 23% extra classiness to a project. Yours is already plenty classy, but I’m just sayin’.

  • Max

    You bolted together a store-bought PIR and a milkcrate, then used store-bought software to track movement from the store-bought webcam. This is the direction Weekend Projects have decided to go? Where the heck is the “project” aspect of all this?

  • Max

    So, you bolted a stored-bought PIR-activated light to a milkcrate, then used store-bought software to track any motion in the video feed from the store-bought webcam.
    Explain to me how this is a Weekend Project.