Cheap cameras can have a number of great use cases and applications. They can be used to inspire amateur photography, protect people from being jumped on their way home, and even from unlawful confrontations with law enforcement.

In an age where surveillance is the norm, but not openly accessible, countersurveillance is the only way to protect yourself. Enter, TinCam.

What it does

Upon startup and button click, it finds an open public Wifi Network or mobile hotspot, and sends a stream of photos or videos to a Dropbox account that it is connected with. Even if the hardware is destroyed, the footage is preserved.

How we built it

  1. Eat an entire tin of Altoids in one sitting
  2. Rinse the tin out
  3. Dry the tin
  4. Write some Python code
  5. Cover everything on the inside of the tin with electrical tape
  6. ???
  7. Profit!

Challenges we ran into

Fitting into the form factor, debugging code on a Raspberry Pi A+

Accomplishments that we're proud of

It fits! Best of all, it works!

What we learned

Raspberry Pis are powerful.

What's next for TinCam

What do you mean? It's a hackathon project.

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