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Build your own Pi-powered wildlife camera to capture stunning photos & video to help monitor wildlife as a community of digital makers.
Build your own Pi-powered wildlife camera to capture stunning photos & video and help monitor wildlife as a community of digital makers.
Build your own Pi-powered wildlife camera to capture stunning photos & video and help monitor wildlife as a community of digital makers.
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Naturebytes Wildlife Cam Kit - Digital Making for Wildlife

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What is the Naturebytes Wildlife Cam Kit?

The Naturebytes Wildlife Cam Kit is a wildlife camera that anyone can build to take stealthy high definition images of wildlife. Beginner, expert, wildlife enthusiast or hacker, the Raspberry Pi powered kit is a fun way to develop your digital making skills and an exciting new insight into the natural world.

Wildlife camera trapping enables people to take amazing photographs of wild animals, including those that are normally camera shy. The Raspberry Pi computer at the heart of the kit makes the trap accessible and easily programmable. The beautifully designed weatherproof case can also accommodate future modular add-ons like night-vision and solar panel charging.


What can it do?

  • HD images, video and slow-motion image capture
  • It's motion sensitive, remote and portable 
  • It's a learning tool for key skills in coding, design and natural sciences.
  • Upgradeable (eg. link to WiFi to send your instant cam images to your phone).
  • Participate in Naturebytes challenges to work with conservationists and help survey and protect important species.
  • Join the Naturebytes community, share images with friends and discover which animals have been caught on other Naturebytes cams near you.
  • Open and hackable to enable innovative solutions to be developed by the community.

Who's this for?

The kit is simple enough for any newcomer to build and open for advanced makers and coders to modify and hack.

The kit has been built for:

  • Wildlife fans
  • Photography enthusiasts
  • Digital Makers
  • Engineers
  • Teachers and educators

What's the need?

Developing skills in computing, coding, 3D design & printing are rapidly increasing in importance, but fun and purposeful activities to do this are sadly lacking. Naturebytes is taking a new approach, moving learning beyond the classroom and computer desk. 

Another problem is that people are becoming more disconnected from nature. A large scale RSPB report revealed that only 1 in 5 children in the UK are connected to nature, or in other words, 4 in 5 children are lacking an appreciation and understanding of nature.

People often blame technology and computers for inactivity and kids not getting outdoors but Naturebytes is taking a new approach. We take cool technology and combine it with the fascination of wildlife to inspire everyone to learn new skills and engage in purposeful community activities. We show people how technology and wildlife are good for one another, not enemies!

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We're creating an open community and you're invited

Naturebytes is for anyone that wants to participate.

The Naturebytes website will support an open community allowing the sharing and viewing of photos uploaded from other Wildlife Cam Kits.

Through this portal everyone will have the opportunity to share their data with scientists and conservationists to better understand and protect our wildlife. Key features of the online sharing platform include:
 
  • Viewing and analysing data i.e. photos
  • Coordinating new citizen science challenges and surveys for members to undertake
  • Facilitating communication between wildlife scientists and citizen scientists
We will also make ALL the design files for the Wildlife Cam Kit open and available for the community to re-engineer, design, hack and adapt however they like.

We want to work with the community to encourage creativity and innovation, developing new ideas with a view to making the best new solutions widely available.


It's time to discover wildlife

Rewards

Show your support to the community. Get your name on the Naturebytes website fence as a thank you from us. Every little helps!

Get your hands on a limited edition t-shirt, stickers and a digital download pack of wildlife maker activities hand picked by the Naturebytes team.


Everything in the Maker Pack AND the bespoke Bird Feeder - mountable on different garden and park features and compatible with the Wildlife Cam Kit. It comes with a DIY Garden Habitat Guide on how to create your own home-made feeders to help different species of birds.

This one's for advanced makers, developers and designers. If you've already got a 3D printer and are an experienced maker, with this kit you'll have all of the specialist electronics and design files necessary to hack, design and share your modifications with the Naturebytes community.

The full kit but without the Pi. Existing Pi owners can use their own as the custom component insert can fit any of the existing Pi models.

The full Wildlife Cam Kit, ready to go with all of the necessary parts you need to start capturing stunning wildlife photos.

 The full Wildlife Cam Kit , ready to go with all of the necessary parts you need to start capturing stunning wildlife photos. This bundle includes the bird feeder bundle. 

The full Wildlife Camera Kit with an additional keyboard, mouse, WiFi dongle and HDMI cable - everything you need to turn your camera case into a fully functional stand alone computer. All you need to do is plug it in to a screen. Great for home computing and classrooms.

Everything a Naturebytes digital maker could ask for. Includes the full Computer Kit AND the Bird Feeder Bundle. 

 Get 2 full Wildlife Cam Kits, ready to go with all of the necessary parts you need to start capturing stunning wildlife photos. Send one to a friend, a family member, a local school or just have two for yourself.

Educators and teacher friendly. You get a pack to run workshops, plus specific digital download guides so you can learn as you teach. You'll be provided with plenty of workshop activities and inspiration to tailor the workshop to your audience's learning ability and interests.

A weekend workshop for up to 20 people delivered by the Naturebytes Co-founders at a workshop of your choice - or we can pick a spot. The hands-on workshop will include an introduction to wildlife camera trapping, conservation technology, digital making, 3D design and printing and you'll get hands on with digital making tools and deploying Naturebytes wildlife cams in the field. (please note: travel costs and venue hire are additional).

What They Said

"I’m looking forward to the day when digital maker Kits Naturebytes are the must-buy Christmas present for the year" - Sylvia Lowe, Director of Innovation Lab, Nesta.

"Naturebytes have made the best Pi camera we've come across" - Raspberry Pi

Risks and challenges

The Naturebytes team have all of the necessary skills in hardware & software development, design, testing, manufacturing and shipping to deliver the rewards stated and to make the Wildlife Cam Kit available to all.

The challenge that we are addressing is the creation of the aluminium tool for the mass production of our Wildlife Cam Kit case. This is a highly technical and specialised piece of work. It takes at least three months to develop, test and complete the process but we have already identified and discussed the project with a leading company to create the tool.

We'll be providing regular progress updates to keep you informed every step of the way.

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    Your name on the Naturebytes website's digital fence.

    Show your support to the Naturebytes community and get your name on the Naturebytes website fence as a thank you from us. Every little helps!

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    Naturebytes Maker Pack

    Get your hands on a limited edition t-shirt, stickers and a digital download pack of wildlife maker activities hand picked by the Naturebytes team.

    The pack contains :

    1 x T-shirt,
    Stickers,
    Wildlife Maker Digital Downloads

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    The Bird Feeder Bundle

    The DIY birdfeeder is mountable on different garden and park features and is Wildlife Cam Kit compatible. It comes with a DIY garden habitat guide on how to create your own habitats at home to attract wildlife.

    This bundle contains :
    1 - T-shirt,
    2 - Stickers,
    3 - Wildlife Maker Digital Downloads
    4 - DIY Bird Feeder (self-assemble)

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    Developer Kit

    This one's for advanced makers, developers and designers. If you've already got a 3D printer and are a genuine maker, with this you'll have all of the specialist electronics and design files necessary to hack, design and share your modifications with the Naturebytes community.

    This kit contains:

    1 - PIR,
    2 - Poly IR* PIR cover
    3 - Jumper cables
    4 - Protective camera lens
    5 - Screws
    6 - Gaskets
    7 - Component holder insert
    8 - 8800 mAh LiPo battery
    9 - Adafruit Powerboost and LiPo charger
    10 - Real-time-clock
    11 - 3D printable design files (STL files)

    CASE, RASPBERRY PI AND CAM NOT INCLUDED

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    Wildlife Cam Kit Lite (without Pi)

    The full kit but without the Pi. Existing Pi owners can use their own as the custom component insert can fit all Pi models.

    This kit contains :

    1 - Pi Cam
    2 - Weatherproof housing (case)
    3 - Insert for a model A+ Raspberry Pi
    4 - Screws,inserts and nuts
    5 - LiPo battery
    6 - Adafruit Powerboost and LiPo charger
    7 - USB power / charging cable
    8 - Real time clock
    9 - SD card

    DOES NOT CONTAIN RASPBERRY PI

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    Wildlife Cam Kit

    The full Wildlife Cam Kit, ready to go with all of the necessary parts you need to start capturing stunning wildlife photos.

    This kit contains:

    1 - Raspberry Pi model A+
    2 - Pi Cam
    3 - Weatherproof housing (case)
    4 - Insert for a model A+ Raspberry Pi
    5 - Screws,inserts and nuts
    6 - LiPo battery
    7 - Adafruit Powerboost and LiPo charger
    8 - USB power / charging cable
    9 - Real time clock
    10 - SD card

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    Wildlife Cam Kit - Last Release Early Bird Price.

    The full Wildlife Cam Kit, ready to go with all of the necessary parts you need to start capturing stunning wildlife photo & video.

    This is the last release at the early-bird price. Snap them up before they're gone!

    This kit contains:

    1 - Raspberry Pi model A+
    2 - Pi Cam
    3 - Weatherproof housing (case)
    4 - Insert for a model A+ Raspberry Pi
    5 - Screws,inserts and nuts
    6 - LiPo battery
    7 - Adafruit Powerboost and LiPo charger
    8 - USB power / charging cable
    9 - Real time clock
    10 - SD card

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    Computer Kit

    The Wildlife Cam Kit plus a keyboard, mouse, WiFi dongle and HDMI cable.

    This kit contains:

    1 - Raspberry Pi model A+
    2 - Pi Cam
    3 - Weatherproof housing (case)
    4 - Insert for a model A+ Raspberry Pi
    5 - Screws,inserts and nuts
    6 - LiPo battery
    7 - Adafruit Powerboost and LiPo charger
    8 - USB power / charging cable
    9 - Real time clock
    10 - SD card
    11 - Keyboard
    12 - Mouse
    13 - HDMI cable
    14 - Mains charger

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    Wildlife Cam Kit & Bird Feeder Bundle

    The full Wildlife Cam Kit , ready to go with all of the necessary parts you need to start capturing stunning wildlife photos.

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    The DIY birdfeeder is mountable on different garden and park features and is Wildlife Cam Kit compatible. It comes with a DIY garden habitat guide on how to create your own habitats at home to attract wildlife.

    This kit contains:

    1 - Raspberry Pi model A+
    2 - Pi Cam
    3 - Weatherproof housing (case)
    4 - Insert for a model A+ Raspberry Pi
    5 - Screws,inserts and nuts
    6 - LiPo battery
    7 - Adafruit Powerboost and LiPo charger
    8 - USB power / charging cable
    9 - Real time clock
    10 - SD card
    11 - DIY Bird Feeder (self-assemble)
    12 - T-shirt,
    13 - Stickers,
    14 - Wildlife Maker Digital Downloads

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    Computer Kit + Bird Feeder

    You'll get the full Computer Wildlife Cam Kit and the Bird Feeder Bundle - the perfect match!

    This kit contains:

    1 - Raspberry Pi model A+
    2 - Pi Cam
    3 - Weatherproof housing (case)
    4 - Insert for a model A+ Raspberry Pi
    5 - Screws,inserts and nuts
    6 - LiPo battery
    7 - Adafruit Powerboost and LiPo charger
    8 - USB power / charging cable
    9 - Real time clock
    10 - SD card
    11 - Keyboard
    12 - Mouse
    13 - HDMI cable
    14 - Mains charger

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    Wildlife Cam Kit x 2

    Get 2 full Wildlife Cam Kits, ready to go with all of the necessary parts you need to start capturing stunning wildlife photos. Send one to a friend, a family member, a local school or just have two for yourself.

    This kit contains:

    1 - Raspberry Pi model A+ x 2
    2 - Pi Cam x 2
    3 - Weatherproof housing (case) x 2
    4 - Insert for a model A+ Raspberry Pi x 2
    5 - Screws,inserts and nuts x 2
    6 - LiPo battery x2
    7 - Adafruit Powerboost and LiPo charger x 2
    8 - USB power / charging cable x 2
    9 - Real time clock x 2
    10 - SD card x 2

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    10 full kits + workshop teaching materials

    Educators and teacher friendly. You get a pack to run workshops, plus specific digital download guides so you can learn as you teach. You'll be provided with plenty of workshop activities and inspiration to tailor the workshop to your audience's learning ability and interests.

    This kit contains:

    1 - 10 x full Wildliife Cam Kits
    2 - Workshop teaching materials

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    10 full kits + NB Co-founder's Weekend Workshop

    A weekend workshop for up to 20 people delivered by the Naturebytes Co-founders at a workshop of your choice - or we can pick a spot. The hands-on workshop will include an introduction to wildlife camera trapping, conservation technology, digital making, 3D design and printing and you'll get your hands on with digital making tools and deploying kit in the field.

    This workshop includes:
    1 - 10 full Wildlife Cam Kits
    2 - Workshop teaching materials
    3 - 2 day workshop

    (Please note: Travel costs and venue hire are additional).

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