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PiNG Video Doorbell

By Andrew Gregory. Posted

This WiFi-connected video call doorbell uses the Google Duo browser-based video chat app, plus a Raspberry Pi 3 and some upcycled electronics enclosures. We caught up with Martin Mander to find out how's it made.

"You’ll also find a Pimoroni pHAT BEAT board in there to handle audio (so the delivery person can hear what you’re saying back to them), plus a Pico HAT Hacker to make the output from the Pi’s GPIO pins more accessible."

The Pi runs in headless mode and when someone rings the doorbell, it starts a video chat on your phone so you can see who’s at the door, even when you’re not at home – or, as Martin puts it, “trapped under the cat”.

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To make your own video doorbell, head to www.instructables.com/id/1986-Raspberry-Pi-Video-Doorbell/ for the instructions.