There are many reasons you might want to add a webcam to your FarmBot. Here are a few:
- To watch FarmBot move from work, inside your house, or across the world
- To show FarmBot off to your friends
- To take photos each day for timelapse photography of your plants growing
- To supplement a security system against vandals or animals
- To make sure FarmBot doesn’t slack off or sleep on the job
The Raspberry Pi supports small 5MP cameras, called Raspberry Pi Camera Modules, which plug directly into the Pi’s CSI bus via a ribbon cable. You can only use one camera module at a time, so if you want to have multiple camera angles, you’ll need to also use a USB web cam.
There are two types of camera modules available: one with a regular camera, and one with an infrared camera that can be used at night in combination with infrared LEDs for a nice night vision ability. The camera modules need to be mounted on your FarmBot in a rain proof location. This could be done with a small plastic bracket and a 3D printed roof structure, or other materials. How and where you mount your camera is up to you.