Re: Arduino Spycam Key Fob Camera

Imagine connecting an Arduino to this spycam and a keyfob RF transmitter

I can imagine connecting it to an arduino BUT I can’t imagine how.

This product is totally unsuitable for use with the Arduino.

There is another project which has over 7300 hits on this forum. It is a library for the Comedia C328 serial camera. The project takes a board camera then uses the serial output to an SD card. If you take the total cost of the C328
serial camera plus the ufat SD card then you will see the spycam is extremely cost effective.

The spycam already has the memory conversion built-in and all the user would have to do to is activate the on/off switch and the record switch on the key fob. The Arduino would act as the controller to turn on and off the spycam
key fob. The Arduino could also receive RF inputs from a remote control or trigger inputs from a PIR to activate the covert spycam. Of course, if your background is not in high security electronics and automation then you would
have no idea of any applications that would be applied using the spycam using the Arduino.
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So the Arduino is a switch to turn it on and off.

I am impressed. :o

Do Americans do irony ?

So the Arduino is a switch to turn it on and off.

My quote:
[/quote]The Arduino could also receive RF inputs from a remote control or trigger inputs from a PIR to activate the covert spycam[/quote]

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The Arduino could also receive RF inputs

yes all by itself. :stuck_out_tongue:

From above, I mention the keyfob Xexon transmitter / receiver combination which has TTL outputs from the receiver in which could be read by the Arduino.
Please re-read and check this link out again.

For those that are very un-imaginative or from Missouri “The Show Me State” or from the UK - I am going to spell out a unique application using the spycam key fob camera and the Ardunio.

Application: Warehouse zone security after normal business hours.
To detect personnel stealing after work hours. The modules are installed in a PIR sensor shell enclosure.

The Arduino acts as a “bridge” between the spycam keyfob and PIR, RF/TTL and RTC.
The input to the Arduino is a PIR (passive infrared) sensor, which has to have a special algorithm for calibration “in free air” and to read the pulse trigger input and process it so it would trigger the spycam recording. Other inputs would include an RF key fob receiver/transmitter to activate and de-activate the spycam recording. Also there would be a I2c real time clock which would allow the proper time for which the spycam is permitted to record. Also there are status LEDs for PIR activation status, recording status and battery status.

Note: The spycam is limited to ONLY to two hours of recording and by using the PIR sensor and RTC and the Arduino bridge to limit the recording of events within this time frame.
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Surely CCTV would be better with signs warning people they are being recorded, prevention of theft is always better than trying to catch people out.

They are around £12, better quality, good night vision and can be hooked up to a dvr for practically unlimited recording.

Sorry, it would be nice to see as a proof of concept but as an actual product its of no use.


How much would it cost for a CCTV application with the additional cost of a DVR and wiring?
You cannot even justify the cost of a full blown CCTV system, with an obvious “thief protection sign”,
to this “stand alone” Spycam key fob camera. You must be kidding? For 12 pounds? <---- ~ $20 USD

The application, I quoted above, is only one many application examples using the Spycam.
I am using mine in a home security application because it is very cost effective.

As for proof of concept. What is so hard in interfacing two reed switches to the Spycam? Also, interfacing the I2C RTC, several status LEDs, the TTL compatible RF receiver and a PIR infrared detector sensor to the Arduino?
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For those interested in tearing down the spycam key fob for interfacing to the Arduino here is an excellent link:
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Bump Bump Bump … over 1000 views! … here’s to Grumpy Mike for his quote
“This product is totally unsuitable for use with the Arduino.”

There must be a lot of imaginative, creative users on this forum!
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yes the now 4 people in this thread show that very well

for the cost of this + an arduino (yea i know we all have one but still) I dont see how this could be any better than a 20$ security camera hooked up to a 2 dollar goodwill vcr (which would also get you many more hours of record time)

If nothing else the amount of people clicking on this thread are probably like me and fooled by the title “Arduino Spycam Key Fob Camera” and not “Spycam Key Fob Camera that could be possibly used with an arduino if you have imagination”

Bump … to those protecting other “god members” from their silly remarks :sunglasses: :sunglasses: :sunglasses:
BTW … ebay has spycam key fobs for only ~ $13

actually i just figured it out, the 1000 views are just you bumping the thread

Sorry guys, I possibly erased some posts among the one from the spammer. I apologise for this accident.

I’m no god member, but have to agree with them…
I expected an arduino based camera, which would be amazing due to the difficulty of making such a thing, but… I suppose I should’ve expected it… it is a camera of which the arduino controls the on/off switch.

The number of views a topic receives isn’t a reliable means of expressing the popularity of the topic. I myself would’ve named the topic allong the lines of ‘arduino controlled spycam’.

That said, why this topic receives (so many) negative reactions… is a bit odd. It is easier, friendlier and overall better for the forum if such posts weren’t made. No tips or comments other than ‘it doesn’t work!’ or ‘useless’ are provided… so basically, it can be considered flaming / trolling.
But meh, as I’ve said, I got tricked by the title aswell… and my advice to you, don’t feed the trolls.