Previously, all my IPi camera models were designed with the intent of pure utility; little to no care was had for aesthetics during the design processes. Normally, I'd design a camera to use the least amount of plastic for it's size, whilst being a small as possible. Basically, each iteration was designed for simplicity and function.
This is the IPi VRT. (Vertical) The design presented isn't an iteration of the previous models; it is it's own design.This model is made for the technical minded consumer, while having the style and simplicity for the interior decorator inside us all.
There are no hard edges, with the camera body and ceiling mount blending together to give the appearance of a singular structure. With today's smart home technology being built with more sleek lines, and more organic in shape, this security camera fits in quite well.
On the mechanical design, this camera is designed to mostly snap fit together, requiring only two M2x8mm screws for mounting the camera module. The ceiling mount is also a rotational bearing; both pieces being printed as one part, unable to be separated. This makes the mount durable, while allowing reliable 360° rotation.
The hardware is the same as previous models. A Raspberry Pi Zero W, along with a V2 Camera Module. This design requires a 125mm ribbon cable minimum. Since the ventilation holes are kept to a minimum, I would suggest a small heatsink for the Pi's CPU.
I now exclusively us motionEyeOS for my IPi models. It's proven reliable over the years, and the features such as image masking and emailing motion captures are important, at least to me. (I've caught my cat climbing all over my work desk, something she KNOWS not to do when I'm around)
With all that being said, I admit this model is probably the design I print from now on.
Hardware & Software
Raspberry Pi Zero W
Raspberry Pi Camera V2.1 or V2.1 IR
Raspberry Pi Zero Camera Ribbon Cable (Must be at least 125mm long)
HDMI to Mini HDMI Cable
USB to Micro USB Adapter (for wireless keyboard initial setup before SSH)
Micro SD Card (8GB - 16GB)
2A Wall Power Supply
M2 x 8mm Screws
Install the Camera Module in through the bottom of the camera body. Insert the two M2x8 screws through the front, while holding the board retaining mount against the back of the camera module. If proving difficult, one may substitute the board retaining mount for two M2 nylon nuts. (The Camera Module might not fit completely flush to the camera body, this is pretty much the case for all IPi Cameras)
Insert the Raspberry Pi Zero down it's central guide, with the board's I/O corresponding with I/O channels in the camera body. The ribbon cable should be installed before complete insertion, with it facing upwards.
Feed the ribbon cable down inside the camera body, then insert the end of the cable into the Camera Module. Make sure the contacts face inward towards the camera board.
Press the ventilated endcap into place, then align the ceiling mount's retainers with the camera body's top and press in firmly.
Install where necessary.