Pirate Web Camera
Since National "Talk like a Pirate Day" is just around the corner (September 19th); what better way to commemorate this occasion than with a Pirate Web Camera.
I started off looking around to see what I had as a good housing. My Lego Pirate Island that sits in the corner of my desk really gets no use so I decided to use the skull as a housing.
Given that I am taking apart my Web Camera, I had to use my crappy camera phone to take the pics. So, sorry in advance for the poor quality but I think you can get the just of it.
Step one - inspect the skull and see if I can make this happen with as little effort as possible. I am no electronics whiz by any means.
There is a clear plastic piece that acts as the eye if you lift the patch. I decided that I can cut through the plastic of this to make a decent hole for the lens.
Here's the plastic piece that fits into the eye hole of the skull from the inside. I measured the eye piece area compared to the camera lens to fit almost perfectly. I say almost because my only tools for this are a screwdriver to pry the housing off the camera and an exacto knife to cut the plastic. I'm thinking basic here people because I am lazy......remember.
Next step: break open the housing of the webcam. Looks real simple, just need a flathead.
Crap, seems like I got the housing off but broke a few plastics pieces. Oh well, I don't plan on using the housing again since I already took it apart. It's non-refundable now.
I managed to not break anything else while taking the housing apart ( I think). I unscrewed the lens and was able to separate it from the actual PCB board.
I cut a hole in the plastic and mounted the lens
Mounted inside the plastic liner, I inserted it into the skull and fit the tabs in. All I have to do now is adjust how the lens and board will sit so I don't have to manual focus.
The lens and camera are now one. I had to jimmy a paperclip to make a more secure fit for the camera in the eye of the skull.
Complete, the skull with the eye patch covering the camera lens. I might just customize the patch with a peephole so I don't have to lift it up to use the camera and for it to be less conspicuous. I just though it looked cool to keep that aspect with no function.
If I actually invert the plastic patch, the camera lens is visible while in use and I don't have to use anything to prop it up.
Ahoy!!! The Pirate Web Camera in use and still works. Arrrrrrghhhhhh! Mateys.
Unsuspecting sea dog caught on camera