Rather than fork out for expensive Kanban software, the Yorkshireman in me felt that I could do some magic with a web cam, Google and a Raspberry Pi!

I bought a Raspberry Pi from Amazon complete with black case and a 16Gb SD card (with the Raspbian OS already installed). I already had a Logitech C920 web cam (for some Internet video production we are doing). I wasn’t 100% sure of the power requirements of the web cam and whether or not the Pi could support it, so I also got a D-Link powered USB hub.

The real magic was the great instruction provided by Tom. The instructions more or less work exactly as specified. I have a problem where I cannot seem to get the daemon to start, but I can start the motion process from the command line, so no big problems!

It’s also worth mentioning that the output of the motion program is served via HTTP. It appears that ONLY Firefox will display the output correctly. IE downloads an infinitely large file and Chrome only seems to output a single image and doesn’t want to update properly. I’m not sure why or what the fix is, but this is not a big problem for me since I only want this for internal use. If you were looking for something to feed a video to your web site, you will probably need to do some more work to get this functioning correctly.

All told I think I spent about £70 on the Pi, SD card, case and USB hub. The web cam was about another £63 (but I already had this). It’s not a long-term solution to my distributed workforce / Kanban problem (we are looking at TargetProcess for a better solution which will integrate with TFS). TFS does include a Kanban board, but it is very limited and only works on a single iteration on a single project, neither of which are much good for us.

All in all, a web cam is a nice little introductory project to the Raspberry Pi for those of you looking for a way in!