I just found out that my baby monitor has some seriously scary security concerns!! Research tells me it has ‘Built-in vulnerabilities that enable hackers to manipulate device functions, step into your home network, watch your children and upload what they see onto the internet.’
So, I’ve decided to build my own! As a balena employee, I’m somewhat ashamed to admit that other than the example project suggested during the new user onboarding process, I’ve never actually completed any other builds But, with the help of @phil-d-wilson’s new security camera system project, I’m determined to complete this one (and also to beat Phils 25 minute build record - I’m nothing if not ambitious!)
I figured I’d share the process here, as I expect there will be lots of questions that may be of help to others.
Initially, I’m looking to build a baby monitor so my requirements are:
- To view and hear within a single room via a video stream on my mobile (in a light or dark room)
- To receive a mobile notification when my baby moves or makes a noise, to save me having to keep checking
- To record the video stream, so I can review and see what happens at 5.30 AM most mornings that causes my child to wake up,
- To include some sort of storage auto-overwriting functionality
- Maximum security
I think that’s it. I do plan to expand this into a bigger home security system, with cameras on the garage (which was broken into a few months ago) and other external areas, but I’m going to learn to walk first!