We wanted to track visitors in the Makerspace and determined that the first place to start was to be able to control the movement of the cameras with a microcontroller.

What it does

When a message is sent to the AWS IoT Core, the ESP8266 sends an infrared signal to the camera telling it to turn in a certain direction.

How I built it

We built it using ESP8266, C/Arduino, AWS - IoT Core, high tech cameras, custom PCB, electronics

Challenges I ran into

We had trouble mimicking the IR remote to control the cameras with the ESP8266. We didn't understand the output of the IR signal but after some research figured it out!

Accomplishments that I'm proud of

We didn't sleep and finished on time! And can control things in the Watt (or anywhere!)

What I learned

About IR receivers, soldering, custom milled PCB, electronics, IoT and AWS, Arduino/C

What's next for Blink127

We would like to connect other IR devices and use AWS's image recognition services to analyze a live video feed to give us live data about the number of people in the Makerspace or any other space with cameras.

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