Getting started with Windows 10 IoT

Now that I have a Raspberry at my disposal, it is possible to install Windows 10 IoT on it and explore what Microsoft have made available for the Pi. Why would I run Windows 10 IoT on a Raspberry? I don’t know yet, but as Windows 10 IoT is free, let’s try it out!

For my experiments I used this setup:

  • Windows 10 with Visual Studio 2015
  • Windows IoT version 10.0.10586.0

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Raspberry Pi & PS2 EyeToy

Last week I finally got around and bought my first Raspberry Pi. Getting it up and running with Raspbian via Noobs was a breeze and after playing around with the OS and Python for a while I decided to get some real use out of this little machine. My first experiment aimed at a home security camera. As I did not want to invest in additional hardware, I used what I could find in the household’s scrap heap – in this case a no-longer-in-active-use PS2 EyeToy camera.
My first intention was to use SimpleCV and Python to take regular snapshots and let a rudimentary WebAPI expose the latest image to the outside world. The code for this would be very simple and easy to extend with additional features. But, this experiment failed as I could not get a proper driver for the EyeToy working with SimpleCV.

My next test was to use an open-source tool for talking to the EyeToy. I tested Motion and it connected right away with the camera. Motion is a very powerful motion detection tool with tons of configuration options. The features that I was interested in were available:

  • Take a photo at a regular interval
  • Expose the photo via a web interface
  • Security options for the web interface

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