Got any old webcam's hanging around like I did? Need a project to entertain you for a few hours? Check out my guide to convert a standard webcam into a motion sensitive, growl/prowl notifying CCTV Camera.
The inspiration for this came whilst browsing the internet for general tech stuff, at which point I stubbled across a post on a postbox (the american type) that was hooked up to a microswitch and an arduino. The result of this was that the arduino could trigger notification events.
Whilst this was a nice idea and I appriciated the tech, its of no use to me as my post comes through the front door and dont really need to get to it, unless its to stop the dog eating it. However this did prompt some more research into this type of project which lead me to a number of posts around the internet which I will reference later, that involved hooking an Arduino up to a wireless doorbell.