What is the 'Camera Sentry'?
It is a security camera system that automatically tracks and records targets in its field of view.
How is this better than a regular security camera?
Regular (analog) security cameras don't provide nearly enough detail to identify someone. They can tell you what happened and when but don't provide much help for figuring out who did it. Most security cameras are analog (interlaced) while ours is digital (progressive scan). The system we've designed is essentially the same thing as if there was a person standing guard 24/7 with a digital camera in his hand. This particular version of the hardware has been running 24/7 outdoors for 3+ years without issue while slightly different, older versions have been running before that.
How does it work?
There are two cameras present. One fixed, one moving. Our software analyzes the video feed from the fixed, overview (top) camera and when a valid target is detected, roughly two frames per second are recorded from the zoomed-in camera, and the overview camera onto the laptop's hard drive. When the hard-drive is almost full, the software automatically deletes the oldest images so the system can continue to run indefinitely. One laptop can be used but it must have three built-in USB ports, 2.5Ghz+, and have 4G+ of RAM. The program completely maxes out the CPU doing image processing so nothing else should be running. You will get a boost in frame-rate by setting the priority of TurretControl.exe to "High" in Task Manager. The images can be shared by sharing the folder containing the images on your network, or by moving the Turret Control folder that the program runs in to a local, synced Google Drive folder.
One of our customers sent us a story of an incident where camera sentry footage aided police in catching a thief.
What is included?
What you see in the image at the top of the page is what is included. Four wires come from the pan/tilt unit (three USB cables and the power supply for the servos). The pan/tilt hardware can be used hanging, as shown, or flipped over, sitting on it's base.
Shipping in the US is $20.
International shipping is sent via FedEx International Priority and is either $170 or $205 depending on the destination country.