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Description

– Product

Our product ‘Bird is the Word’ will allow motion detection of wildlife when set up in a high-up point to detect birds. When motion is detected a screenshot will be taken and uploaded to our website in real-time. While also detecting heat signatures with an infrared camera detecting any fire hazards in the environment.

– Features

Our customers will be able to review the information we receive from analyzing the data we have collected from these devices on our website. As our product can detect wildlife depending on the way it is set up it can be for niche purposes like ‘Birdwatching’ or live feeds of wildlife activities by clients. The device is camouflaged with the use of real leaves and sticks to keep it hidden so it doesn’t ruin environmental landscapes. The camera is able to manually turn 180 degrees with the case having transparent side pannels to support this. It has two LED’s one to determine if the device is on or off and the other to show that the PIR sensor has triggered,

– Product Solution

The solution our product aims to solve is to track the hazards and conditions of the environment. While also keeping track of the population of endangered species of animals which will mainly be birds for the time being. With our environment detection, we wish to aid companies in detecting these issues and taking measures in order to prevent them beforehand.

 

 

 

Bird-watching communities are hard to break into, some veterans have been photographing birds on forums for years and sharing gorgeous pictures making it intimidating to post anything worse. Along with that, even a good starter camera will run you around £200 at the very least, it is a hefty cost for something you might realize is not even for you. It is hard to know where to start when you are trying to pick up a new hobby, however, we feel like our product can help guide newcomers better than other communities on the market currently. Our product can help tackle these issues by providing a cheap entry-level camera along with a network of amateur birdwatchers to help ease newcomers into the hobby and keep track of the bird populations! While other fairly cheap motion-activated cameras could be repurposed for birdwatching, having ours linked together with the website could not only promote both products but also welcome beginners and make them feel like they are part of a community, it is something the other products could not offer to them. As mentioned before, it can be scary submitting your photographs onto a birdwatching community next to professional and edited pictures, meaning it could gate newcomers off from the website. By making our community seem inclusive, we think it will give us a leg up against the already established forums, Facebook groups, and online communities we will be competing against.

 

 

 – Hardware

  • Raspberry Pi – Needed to be the base component and computer of the project. Will be used to program motion detection and other components.

  • Camera – Will be synced to the PIR sensor so pictures can be taken when the PIR sensor has been triggered.

  • PIR Sesnor – Will be synced to the Camera so pictures can be taken when the PIR sensor has been triggered.

  •  2 LEDs – One LED will be used to translating whenever the device is on or off or to show if any errors are occurring with the device allowing for debugging and repair, while the other will translate whenever the motion sensor has triggered.

 

– Software

  • Raspberry Pi – Need access to raspberry pi software to program the physical raspberry pi and onboard components.

  • Microsoft Teams/Discord – These platforms will be used in order to communicate as a team and show progress in current work. Files can easily be shared across both platforms.

  • Python – The main language we will be using in order to code all functionality on this project device.

  • HTML/CSS – Used to make the website where the captured pictures of birds will be sent and displayed from the raspberry pi.
  • PHP – Used for backend web development for the website.
  • Ttinkercad – Used to create the 3D model for products case.

 

Challenges

We have had a very low budget for our device of only £100 with the majority of recourses provided by BCU. Working on the project was challenging for us as we had limited face-to-face communication due to COVID-19, therefore less time to work on developing the device. We had a small group of only 5 members with limited knowledge in factors required to build our project, such as electronic circuit development using raspberry pi, so our development would be much slower compared to our competitors. We most challenging part of developing our project was linking the website to the raspberry pi.