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Genevieve's My Nature Camera:

Camera Parts

For my first design I used recycled materials, including a jar that contained the raspberrypi and camera, and a plastic container I used to contain the battery.

Initial first design was space efficient and worked well, but ended up having issues with overheating that prevented it from working.

Camera Placed in Nature

Tried placing the nature cam in different places and at different heights using an updated case. I first tried it indoors on a coffee table to make sure it was working (in a cool environment since the first version had been overheating). The updated version of the casing was made using a shoe box with the camera looking out the side. After testing it inside, I placed in various areas outside. I also experimented with attaching the camera directly to a bird feeder without casing to experiment with different perspectives.

Images Captured by my Camera

This is one of many photos captured, this one in particular is of my dog with the nature cam placed directly on the grass.

Ideas for My Nature Cam

10 different ideas for new cameras: post-it photo and brief description containing: form factor (case), location (where and what does it capture), and sensor (how does it get triggered)


  • form factor (case): Plastic cup
  • location (where and what does it capture): Set behind a dog bowl to capture them eating or drinking
  • sensor (how does it get triggered): Motion or weight


  • form factor: Camera on front side of bird feeder, protected by overhang, board and battery behind or underneath feeder, contained by a plastic bag
  • location: Bird feeder placed in tree to capture birds and/or squirrels
  • sensor: Motion or weight


  • form factor: all contents (camera, board, battery) placed in either water tight bag or tupperware container, hanging from a flotation device (a cut off part of a pool noodle) using fishing line, with a small weight or weights attached to the bottom of the bag or container to hold it underwater. You could also attach a fishing lure to the fishing line to attract fish.
  • location: This would be used in a body or water, such as a pond where you could capture pictures of fish or turtles swimming
  • sensor: I think given this set up a manual trigger such as a button would be the best approach. A timer could also be used.


  • form factor: The camera and board placed in a glass jar, with the battery connected in a separate container (clear containers food is sold in) right next to it
  • location: This would be placed on the railing of the balcony outside of my apartment, with food placed on the railing in front of the camera as bait for birds or squirrels since there are trees directly in front of my balcony.
  • sensor: Motion or weight


  • form factor: A decoy duck would be used to house the battery and board, and the cam could be placed either at the front side of the duck or facing underwater on a clear panel
  • location: Placed on a pond or slow river, you could attach a fishing line to tether it. A forward facing camera would be used to capture other ducks or turtles, a downward cam would be for swimming animals such as fish or turtles
  • sensor: Manual trigger would be the most effective since the decoy would be in constant motion, or a low sensitivity motion sensor may work


  • form factor: The board and battery would be held to a branch by pipe cleaners or wire, which would also hold the camera upright. You could protect the camera with a test tube, and the board and battery by wrapping flexible plastic around it
  • location: On a tree branch
  • sensor: Motion


  • form factor: A birdhouse with the camera placed directly over the entrance, the battery and board will be between the roof of the birdhouse and an overhang, forming a slot where they can be placed
  • location (where and what does it capture): Mounted to the trunk of a tree
  • sensor (how does it get triggered): Motion


  • form factor: A tupperware case containing everything with a loops or hooks on the top to attach to fishing line of a fishing pole. The challenge with this design would be maintaining orientation, so it may be beneficial to attach another line to one side of the container to manually orient it by putting tension on the line
  • location: Anywhere with an overhang with wildlife below, above, or too far out to get close. It could be useful at cliffs, steep hills, trees, or for animals on the surface of ponds or lakes
  • sensor: Manual trigger since it would be moving


  • form factor: The camera and case in a clear bulb hanging from a tree by fishing line, with the battery placed under the branch. The camera could face down for a discreet view of animals on the ground
  • location: Hanging from a branch of a tree
  • sensor: Motion, or a motion or weight sensor on the ground below


  • form factor: The camera and battery placed in a reusable plastic bag, with the battery attached to the collar of a dog.
  • location: On the collar of a dog or other animal that can wear a collar
  • sensor: A periodic timer to take pictures of the animals activities throughout the day. You could also add GPS


  • form factor (case): Attach camera to lawn ornament using putty, and contain board and box on pedestal, or inside lawn ornament if possible
  • location (where and what does it capture): In a grassy area like a lawn
  • sensor (how does it get triggered): Motion sensor

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