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Three best nature live-streams

Posted by Steve Mowat

– Orcas itching a scratch – you might have seen how bears scratch themselves with a shimmy on their favourite tree, but what do you do when you live underwater, have no hands and nothing but a sea of pebbles – see how Orcas deal with it on this underwater cam. Do they even get itches or is it more of a massage? Check it out and decide for yourself.
speaking of bears…

– Transylvanian bears – a necessity during times of worry and strife. Check in on these amazing animals living their lives day and night in Romania and catch sightings of other incredible wild forest animals – we’ve seen deer, wolves, foxes and others.

– DRC Gorillas – no, that’s not your reflection in the computer screen, that’s a Gorilla in the Democratic Republic of Congo picking its nose live on camera. It’s like reality TV but with more sophisticated animals. Loads of cameras mean you’ll be treated to fascinating behaviours and captivating close-ups. Just be careful you don’t watch it long enough that you start talking to them as if they’re your family.

If you want to make your own wildlife documentaries you can get started with a a naturebytes camera here.

Let us know what you think of the channels and if you have any other favourites.

Enjoy!

Free naturebytes’ Minecraft World

Posted by Steve Mowat

Our Minecraft world and education activities are an immersive and engaging approach for everyone to learn what biodiversity is, what means to us and what we can do to protect its future.

The new interactive curriculum now available for all Minecraft: Education Edition users, called Extinction! A Biodiversity Crisis. This content pack includes three standards-aligned lesson plans and a purpose-built Minecraft world from the creative minds of Naturebytes, a UK-based collective of technologists and conservation scientists.

Ride a rollercoaster through different eras, meet scientists and conservationists, conduct research about climate change and ecosystems use our educational resources, and work collaboratively to build creative solutions to counteract threats to biodiversity.

 

The Three Challenges:

  1. Tour through time from the Ice Age to present day
    The immersive world presented as part of Extinction! A Biodiversity Crisis is designed so that even teachers new to using Minecraft: Education Edition can get started quickly and easily. Take a rollercoaster journey through time to visit charismatic extinct species, investigate the causes of their extinction, learn about the importance of biodiversity and how it has shaped the world in which we live.
  2. Learn about extinction, climate change, and ecosystems
    Explore core concepts related to biodiversity, then apply knowledge to five threatened species biomes from around the world including the Philippine Eagle, Bison, Hawksbill Turtle, Snow Leopard, and Orangutan.
  3. Teach students the importance of biodiversity and build towards a better future
    Learn about the value, threats, and sustainable species management before building an Orangutan reserve to benefit the people, profit and planet. Players will also learn about the threats to biodiversity currently contributing to its global decline and experience how their decisions today can have an important impact on the world.

This Biodiversity content pack is available for all Minecraft: Education Edition supported platforms (Windows, macOS, and iPad). Learn how to get started with Minecraft: Education Edition with the free trial.

You can find all the Minecraft activities from the naturebytes Creative Studio here:
https://education.minecraft.net/biodiversity/

Comment and post to let us know how you found the experience. Enjoy!

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Climate Action Lab @ World Economic Forum

Posted by Steve Mowat

The importance of this is best explained by words of the student founders – see ‘mission statement’ below,

Inspiring words from the Davos youth!

We trained students in climate entrepreneurship and activism, conservation tech and we were treated to amazing sessions:

live interviews with the plant-powered selfie scientists,
how AI and drone footage protects great white sharks and people
machine learning with thermal images of elephants (and students) + more

Surprise guest Parker Harris, Salesforce CTO, even popped by to get involved.

“We have set up the Climate Action Lab for students to help make a positive change for themselves”

Even more impressive were the students and their guerilla campaigns;

Su Adams at (U Can Too) and the students investigated Davos air quality, finding a spike in pollution (above healthy levels) around new years day.

On discovering fireworks had a large and lasting on air quality, the students took to the streets, armed with their new evidence, handing out information and bottled Davos air to raise awareness and campaign for the protection of their air quality.

There’s more to come from the Davos students.

We’re now working to expand the Climate Action Lab network internationally so let us know what you think, get in touch and get involved!

 

Climate Action Lab Mission Statement by the students of Davos

“There are a lot of people that do not understand how serious Climate Change is for everyone – politicians aren’t doing enough.

We have set up the Climate Action Lab for students to help make a positive change for themselves.

We will share information, collect our own environmental evidence and take action to make a more sustainable, happy, equal and beautiful world.”

 

*This post has been adapted the original LinkedIn post*

Exploring nature in lockdown

Posted by Naturebytes

Exploring nature in lockdown: new kit and expert tips

Here’s something a little different for your lockdown – tips with a nature twist from our conservationists on how we’ve been exploring nature recently.

For those who have been in touch about building their own wildlife camera or after education resources, we’ve got new stock in at our online shop and new Wildlife Cam Kits in the next couple of weeks – but here’s some other free stuff for starters…..

We put these together to compliment the lists and tips filling up our inboxes. We always recommend active participation and exploration activities – it’s more fun that way.

1. Take new opportunities to explore outside – right now, a lot of people have a new opportunity to get outside during weekdays with our families when the sun is high in the sky – take it! Urban species are becoming more apparent, pollution is down and gardens and parks are teeming with life – get outside and enjoy it.

whilst you’re there…..

2. Become an Animal ID expert with free mobile apps – impress your friends with your new wildlife expertise with amazing apps like iNaturalist and BirdUp. They use image and sound recognition to help you ID species from pics or audio recording from your phone. You can even add images from your wildlife cam kit to ID species.

when you’re back indoors….

3. Live Safari from your sofa everyday – join WildEarth on live safari and get transported to the South African bush. See amazing wildlife up close and watch out for the newborn Leopard cubs this week. The experts you join along for the ride have incredible knowledge, good camera work and you can tweet your questions to be answered live from the wilderness. It’s a good watch for all ages and the safaris run twice a day (arranging sofas into a lounge safari jeep, optional).

Coming soon – we’ve been asked if we can make some of our activities available from the Climate Action Lab that we launched at the World Economic Forum in Davos so watch out for these, available soon.

Let us know if you enjoy these or want to know more, we hope you do.

Our best wishes to you all, take care everyone!

The naturebytes team

 

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Free naturebytes resources

 

Worlds-first plant selfie!

Posted by Naturebytes

Microbial fuel cells, developed by Plant-E, have been used successfully with Xnor.ai‘s energy harvesting camera technology to capture what are thought to be the world’s first plant-powered photographs.

Check out the video below to learn more about this incredible development that could have far-reaching benefits for the natural world!

 

Wild Dubai

Posted by Naturebytes

We’ve been in Dubai for a few weeks now – and we’ve been overwhelmed at how keen the UAE is to engage with Nature EdTech at naturebytes! If you’re an educator or school in Dubai or the UAE that’s looking to engage students with smart STEM skills, get involved – and spread the word!

Working with the Dubai Future Foundation, the KHDA and our Pioneer partners, the naturebytes team of conservation, technology and education specialists are delivering bespoke education and technology programmes – tailored to the needs of Dubai.

We’re working with the youth of Dubai to give them the tech skills and tools they need to solve the real-world environmental challenges, reconnect with nature and create a brighter future for themselves!

Find out more at www.naturebytes.org/dubai

Electronic Components for the Wildlife Cam Case

Posted by Naturebytes

If you’ve bought the Wildlife Cam CASE, but would like to use your own components –  see below are the components we recommend you use to build the kit:

The full page of our digital guides and resources can be found here

We’ve provided links to The Pi Hut where you can buy components but you can purchase them from other electronics/maker stores. Where there isn’t a link you can easily find the parts with a basic online search.

Power alternative – The Wildlife Cam Kit can use the below instead of a power bank:

Create a naturebytes account  to access the assembly guide and resources page which has the download files for the Operating System software that we use for the Wildlife Cam Kit, or watch here for the naturebytes manual.

We love seeing your projects and photos so don’t forget to tag us on social media (facebook, twitter or instagram) in your projects with #naturebytes

We can’t wait to see how you use your Wildlife Cam Case.

Raspberry Pi weather station prototype by @rdhayler

Brand new Wildlife Cam Cases for Spring 2018!

Posted by Naturebytes

Be quick to make sure you get your hands on one of the limited run of cases.

The cases are perfect for those who want to take their electronics outdoors but already have a Raspberry Pi or some of the electronics in the full Wildlife Cam Kit.

Be quick to make sure you get your hands on one of the limited run of cases (the first dispatch for pre-orders will be limited to 50 and shipped on 23/05/18) just in time for the bank holiday weekend.

The Wildlife Cam Case has been designed and made by tech and conservation experts in the UK and are perfect for those who want to take their electronics outdoors but already have any of the Raspberry Pi models or own some of the electronics included in the full Wildlife Cam Kit.

With purchase of the Wildlife Cam Case you will also have access to the free digital guides and software allowing helping you to build your wildlife camera, get it outdoors and catch those wildlife shots.

Features:

The contents of the Wildlife Cam Case

The electronics mount included is compatible with all Raspberry Pi models, the Raspberry Pi Camera boards and allows you to use custom set-up’s. Also provided are the fasteners and spacers that we use in the Wildlife Cam Kit for attaching a Raspberry Pi, Camera, PIR and LiPo Rider. The battery holder will secure your power source, and keep the inside of the kit tidy.

The weatherproof enclosure fully protects the internal electrical components from the elements and the hinged-clip design provides the user with easy access to the Pi’s ports and internal components. The rear cable and attachments allows for modular upgrades, for example Solar panels to charge the battery, but other adaptations might include sound capture and wireless connectivity (enabling streaming to a TV or PC).

We’ve also included a robust nylon camera mounting strap to attach your camera to posts or trees to capture the best images.

Injection Moulding of Wildlife Cam Case

Posted by Naturebytes

It does this by injecting material – most commonly thermoplastic and thermosetting polymers at high pressure into a “tool”.

The diagram below details the components within our tool. A common analogy is to compare the parts within a tool to that of a car engine to help understand how the moving parts within the tool work. Consider the plates as the engine sump, the core as the pistons, the cavity as the cylinder and the ejections pins are the camshaft and valves. Ultimately, a lot of moving parts manufactured to precision. This YouTube video animates the process.

Naturebytes injection moulding tool

One of the completed Naturebytes tools can be seen below. This tool created the clips that secure the case and was a simple tool to create compared to the case itself.

Completed injection mould (clips)

The tool makers identified that the camera case design would require a tool with a number of moving parts to make the sophisticated hinges, the hole in the base, the rear base clips and the pin holes. An initial difficulty was encountered due to the fact that mould tools are pulled open and close in the same direction (a process called the line of draught), but complications can arise when you need to make shapes or holes at different angles – which our tool required, so a late design change was made to add 12 separate additional moving parts and to split the tool into two separate pieces.

The completed base plate for the Wildlife Cam Kit

The completed base plate for the Wildlife Cam Kit

Originally, the plan was to have both the cover and the base of the kit in one tool to make the tool and production as cost effective as possible (the process costs tens of thousands of pounds). However, during the tool design stage, mould flow analysis highlighted a potential quality risk known as “in-balancing”. Due to the weight differences between the 2 main components this could have potentially caused a quality issue and a higher chance of “short” mouldings. When the molten plastic is forced into the tool it will fill the biggest voids first and more easily. At the extremities of the tool the plastic has less pressure and struggles to fill the remaining cavity which risks an incomplete product and thus a reject. Therefore additional time was taken to re-design the tools as two separate tools, allowing for the best possible product quality. Subsequently, making 2 tools has taken more time to complete than a single tool.

The Wildlife Cam Kit cavity

The Wildlife Cam Kit tool cavity

The Wildlife Cam Kit tool core

The Wildlife Cam Kit tool core

The 12 additional moving parts and the move to two separate tools ensured that the end product was a first rate tool, which it needed to be. The diagram below provides an overview of the complete process to date.

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MozFest 2017

Posted by Naturebytes

We had a big weekend at MozFest this year meeting, making and camera-trapping. We set up a stall at the Friday night science fair showcasing all of our projects and talked wildlife-tech collaborations to a back-drop of techno music, light-shows and beer!

On the Saturday, we ran a workshop in the Youth Zone “Finding Fantastic Mr Firefox” where anyone could join the workshop, build a Wildlife Cam Kit before to be set up in the Walthamstow Wetlands nature reserve to snap some wildlife. During the workshop we gave a run-down of some of our wildlife tagging projects, how we use technology in conservation and how everyone can get involved in citizen science.

It was great to have a full-house of attendees building the Wildlife Cam Kits. Tom and Helen from the Raspberry Pi Foundation dropped in to help us out and thankfully, everyone completed the tasks before we ran out of time.

…….and here’s the video of a Fantastic Mr. Firefox captured that night on one of the workshop kits. Success!

 

Bring on Mozilla Festival 2018

Steve

Naturebytes Cofounder

Create Your Own Naturebytes Live-View

Posted by Naturebytes

Check out the guide below to see everything you need to try it out for yourself!

Once you’ve added adapters and a long ethernet cable you’ll be able to watch the view from your camera in real-time and use the interface to record videos, take photographs / snapshots and set motion-detection and change settings all from the comfort of your computer indoors.

Below I’ve added a guide and a list of parts you’ll need with suggestions of where you can find them and how much they’ll cost. This is a hack so it’s not necessarily the most beautiful but it does work wonderfully well!

Additional hardware you’ll need:  

Estimated Cost of additional hardware needed –  £30.00

note: We do not supply the additional parts. The additional purchase parts (linked above) are our suggestions that have worked well for us. Feel free to hack your own solution and let us know how you get on.

Steps to create a live-stream from your Wildlife Cam Kit.

On your laptop or desktop;

1. First, you’ll need to download and install the “Bonjour” software package for Windows (if using Mac you don’t need to) – this software allows the Raspberry Pi to talk to your computer when plugged in via the ethernet connection.

2. Next,  download and install the Chrome browser. Naturebytes Live View has been optimised to work in Chrome and doesn’t support Internet Explorer.

3. Download the Naturebytes Live View Image (powered by the excellent RPi-Cam-Web-Interface) and write it to your microSD card to be used in the Raspberry Pi (for more detailed instructions on how to do this see here.)

4. Connect up your PoE adapter kit to your computer, PoE splitter, Injector and Raspberry Pi so they are all connected. Instructions are included in the PoE adapter kit but we’ve included additional instructions below for guidance;

i) Connect the PoE Splitter to the Raspberry Pi:
Insert the PoE kit DC Power Cable into the DC OUT port of the Splitter, insert the other end into the corresponding DC port of the DC Barrel to micro USB adapter and connect it to the Raspberry Pi.
Note – The black switch on the PoE ‘Splitter’ should always be on ‘5V’.

ii) Connect one of the PoE kit’s short ethernet cables from the LAN OUT port of the ‘Splitter’ to the Raspberry Pi unit with the USB to ethernet adapter.

iii) Place the PoE ‘Splitter’ inside the back of the cam kit and run the ethernet cable through the back of the cam kit through the opening.

Note – this will mean water can get through the back of your case so you don’t want to leave it out where dust or water can get inside. You can either purchase a grommet like this, or pierce a hole in your grommet and feed the cable through, or hack another solution to give the hole some protection using sugru, blue-tac or something similar.

iv) You’re now ready to connect the Wildlife Cam Kit to your computer! Insert the short Ethernet Cable into the ‘LAN IN’ port of the PoE Injector, and connect the other end of the cable to your PC (hub or router to enable multiple Ethernet connections)

v) Connect your long Ethernet Cable from the PoE ‘POWER+DATA IN’ port of the Splitter to the Injector’s ‘POWER+DATA OUT’ port.

5. Ensure the microSD card with Live View software is inserted into the Raspberry Pi. Connect the Power Adapter with the PoE Injector and plug into an electrical outlet. A green light on the PoE “injector” unit will indicate the power is on.

Your Raspberry Pi and camera should now be connected to your computer, powered and ready to test!

6. To view the live feed, open Chrome browser window on your laptop or desktop.
Type the following URL into your browser’s address bar:

http://liveview.local

Allow a few minutes for the Pi to boot up. Now you should see the live stream from your camera.

If you don’t see “Start live feed”,  check the cables are connected correctly, click REFRESH on your browser and wait a few minutes. Read through the guide again and give it another go.

That’s it. Now it’s time to place your camera outside and start capturing images of wildlife!

 

We hope you enjoy the new camera functionality. Let us know about your hacks and what wildlife you spot.

The Naturebytes Team,

P.s.  For any advanced camera settings check out this guide for settings adapted from (http://elinux.org/RPi-Cam-Web-Interface)

Credit: The software that provides the camera control interface has been adapted from the brilliant Raspberry Pi-Cam_interface created by Silvan Melchior.

Birds fly from the naturebytes NestBoxes

Posted by Naturebytes

Naturebytes NestBoxes have been set-up by schools all over Belgium. The NestBox was created especially for the Xperibird project, fitted out with our specialist tech, including; a Raspberry Pi computer, night-vision camera and user control interface;  creating a live video stream direct from the NestBox to the classroom. Students have closely followed the lives of their bird family as they grow from eggs, to hatchlings, to flying the nest.

NestBox Infographic

It’s been an amazing experience to see how the NestBox insights have captivated their audience – we’ve seen nesting great tits and blue tits, 14 eggs laid in just one nest, chicks taking their first flight and some of the breeding pairs are now successfully raising their second brood of the season.

The trials and tribulations of bird life have made it an emotional journey for some of the schools and their adopted bird families. One teacher from Free School of Fraipoint, Belgium said “Our school, children, parents and teachers have all been touched by this fabulous adventure! A big thank you to the designers of Xperibird!”

The Xperibird truck delivers the NestBoxes across the country

The Xperibird project is a three year project delivered to schools across Belgium by the wonderful people at the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences and is funded by Google.org. Through the distribution of NestBoxes, digital learning, bird observations and data collection, the Xperibird project has brought schools and scientists together to better understand these key bird species.

National map of Xperibird NestBoxes

You can find out more and check out the latest videos on the Xperibird website, it’s great!

If you have any thoughts, questions or are interested in a similar project, get in touch as we’d love to hear from you.

Steve

naturebytes co-founder

 

 

Kenya Cam Kit Conservation

Posted by Naturebytes

It’s not everyday that you get asked if the Naturebytes Wildlife Cam Kit would survive a bite from a hyena. One conservation organisation wanted to trial a kit to support their exciting citizen science project by capturing short 5 second video clips of animals roaming the African savanna so their users could identify what was spotted in the video. The Wildlife Cam Kit was therefore modified to take video (it takes photos by default) and took on the challenge. A USB WiFi dongle, 3G Netgear router and a larger Li-ion battery were added too. Instead of saving to the usual USB drive, videos were saved to the SD card instead.

The real challenge with deploying kits remotely is establishing a connection to the device from your home / office to check battery levels, perhaps change a configuration file, or even command the kit to take a photo / video on demand. The local GSM provider didn’t allow us to purchase a static IP address (so we could connect to the kit directly). To get around this we used a rather fantastic programme called PageKite. PageKite is a reverse proxy service that doesn’t care what your original IP address is – it boots and then provides you with a fixed pagekite.me URL that always points to the kit. We’re using it at the moment to host a small http server too so we can browse the contents of the /video folder on the kit from afar.

It’s great to see users modifying and extending the capabilities of the kit for their own needs and we can’t wait to see what the kit captures over time.

Al
Naturebytes Co-founder

 

 

 

Naturebytes in the classroom

Posted by Naturebytes

A study by the RSPB revealed that four in five young people are disconnected from wildlife. We’re on a mission to change this, so we visited Brecknock School, a London inner city school, to run our Wildlife Cam Kit workshop.

Delivered to a class of 10 – 11 year old students, the activity gave an introduction to the naturebytes kits and the important role that conservation plays in preserving the world’s species and habitats. During the activity the students learnt about the fundamental concepts of computing, technology and natural sciences through the application of creative project based learning. Once the kits were assembled the students then placed their camera at carefully chosen spots around the school grounds to get the best shots of their resident critters.

After two days of impatiently waiting to see what they caught on camera, the students collected their kits, analysed which species they snapped, recorded any interesting behaviours they observed and then presented their findings to the class. The most popular animal was “Cyril the thieving Squirrel“ you can see caught red handed with the bird food.

We’re happy to say that Maeve Doherty, Year 6 Teacher, and her class enjoyed the workshop “ all the children were engaged as it was hands on and their interest was kept throughout. There was lots of enthusiasm for the project and after the Naturebytes team left the students were left wanting to do more.”

We are now rolling out our educational activity and are offering you the chance to have a go with our Wildlife Cam Kit loan scheme for schools in the London area. If you are interested please send an email to info@naturebytes.org and we will get in touch.

Jon

Naturebytes Co-founder

New Naturebytes Online Community

Posted by Steve Mowat

Hi Everyone,

We’ve been working behind the scenes to develop an improved online community experience for you. You’ll have noticed that you can upload your photos to the website, select a location and record your sightings, but until today you couldn’t view uploads from across the community.

Take a look at the new community map (once logged in) and you’ll discover that you can now view uploads from other users and search for sites local to you by specifying the number miles away from any given location. Click the map icons and you’ll also get a snapshot of the user’s featured photo and a glimpse of their location / site.

To help you manage your uploads we have also improved our menu system (this was the yellow bar that shows when you log in). You’ll now find a range of quick options on your profile page to help you easily upload, manage and share your experiences using the Naturebytes Wildlife Cam Kit.

Excitingly, we’re also gearing up to launch our first Naturebytes challenge where the entire community can work together to help identify species in unison so help answer conservation questions. This is a perfect time to get your kits outside and reconnect with wildlife.

Check it out, we think you’ll like the changes.

Steve

Co-founder, Naturebytes.

Cam Kit Software Update

Posted by Steve Mowat

We’ve released an update for your Wildlife Cam Kit software to close a few bugs we found in the first release (Kickstarter). Below, we explain what you need to do to get these improvements on your cam kit. Check out the change-log at the bottom of the page for the full list of the fixes and improvement.

Additionally, we’ve updated the image file (the operating system that runs your kit) so you can all enjoy using the new PIXEL OS (released by the Raspberry Pi Foundation) when you’re checking your Cam Kit photos on the lovely new desktop.

GPIO pin change

There’s one important change that you’ll need to make if you want to use the new software. We’ve moved the positioning of the jumper cables along a notch to fix an issue where the RTC (Real Time Clock) module can block the adjacent pin.

We’ve taken a page out of the latest instruction manual below to show you the new placement below, or login and take a look here.

It turns out that the manufacturing process of the RTC unit isn’t quite spot on each time and the RTC plastic casing can be offset by a few mm – enough to prevent some users from pushing the jumper cable onto the pin next to it.

Download the image file

Right then. To download the latest image, pop along to our download pages and grab it. If you’re unsure how to load the image file onto your SD card then you can find enlightenment by taking a look at our instruction guide showing how to format and write the new image to your SD card. You’ll need an SD card reader handy although most newish laptops have them built-in.

As always, feel free to contribute via our Naturebytes Github account. We’ve recently had a commit from DeviantSaker who has added the ability to select the location where you photographs save. A great addition we thought. We’ll certainly include it in the new release, or if you want to try it out just grab the python script from GitHub and use it right away.

Enjoy!

Al

Co-founder, Naturebytes

 

Change-log for Software Update:

– Fixed a delay writing to the attached USB flash drive. Images are now written in 1 – 3 seconds (it took up to 60 seconds in some slooow cases).

– Removed the stamping of photographs by default. You can still turn it back on in the code if required.

– Code optimisation (see our GitHub for the very latest improvements)

– Updated the operating system to PIXEL

– Changed the physical GPIO pin to prevent the RTC (Real Time Clock) from blocking the adjacent pin

– Included milliseconds in the filenames to prevent a possible issue where two images are saved within a second (thanks to Richard Keed for suggesting this)

 

New National Nest-box Project

Posted by Naturebytes

We’ve teamed up with The Natural Science Museum of Belgium, with funding from Google.org, to create the Naturebytes smart NestBox national school project. The Naturebytes NestBoxes are creating a network of young people all learning digital skills to become citizen scientists and monitor key bird species. It’s the internet of things for wildlife!

The Naturebytes NestBox includes a Raspberry Pi computer and infra-red camera to covertly live-stream and photograph from inside the nest-boxes and capture key information such as: which species are nesting, how many eggs are laid and how many chicks survive to grow up and leave the nest.

Check out the video below of a Great tit feeding it’s chicks in a Naturebytes NestBox and find out more on the Xperibird project page.

Right now, we’re lining up the expansion of this project into different regions so if you would like to partner with us or get involved in this exciting project, we’d love to hear from you.

Steve

Co-founder, Naturebytes

 

MagPi Cam Kit Review

Posted by Naturebytes

After almost a year in development it’s always a delight to find a review of your product and see that it received praise.

Take a look in this month’s MagPi magazine (page 80) for a look at our Wildlife Cam Kit. The review identifies a few software niggles (USB write speed) and notes where we can (and should) tweak the instructions manual to improve the assembly experience, but also confirms that the case is weatherproof, the assembly is straight forward and the battery lasts for up to 3 days.

We’ve already started updating the software to improve the capture speed, so for those of you who have an original Kickstarter OS release – watch this space for an update that you’ll be able to download and apply to update your kit.

Many thanks to Philip King @ the MagPi for reviewing our kit for us.

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Packaging, preparing and persevering

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As we write this, 200 prepared kits are lined up infront of us on our workshop table. We spent the last week individually preparing, testing and checking that each kit is packed and ready to go. It takes us about 20 mins to prepare each kit, and we made it to 200 before we hit the weekend. 14 hour days = 42 kits a day at best.

We’re checking that the gaskets fit, inserting metal inserts so you can screw in the acrylic base plates and cleaning the case (literally – we are dusting down and brushing each transparent lens cover with toothpaste for a crystal clean finish).

Even with all hands on deck, we still need to test and prepare the last 100 kits so we can only continue until the job is done and they are in the mail sack on their way to you.

We’ll update you again early next week, but we wanted to let you know where we are in the process as we intended to ship this week – but in reality, it took us a little longer to physically prepare each kit than we had expected.

The Naturebytes team.

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A 200 strong army of Wildlife Cam Kits after testing. ~100 to go.

Case finalised – shipping next week

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Hi Everyone,

We will be assembling all the cases and rewards over the Easter break and shipping them out to you all early next week. We met with the injection moulders last week and again this week to explore a number of different solutions to remove sink holes on the case without impacting the integrity, aesthetic or cause any further delays. We managed to arrive at a solution that provided good results which you can see in the before and after images below.

We’ll keep you posted on Facebook and twitter as we assemble and pack the kits over Easter, and provide you with another update when we are ready for shipment next week.

Nearly there….

The Naturebytes Team

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The finished case

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Tweaking the final sink holes

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A few alterations were

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