Meet my new webcam privacy friend, a motorized and 3D printed eyeball that sits atop my screen.
I’ve used stickers and post-its to cover my webcam for years, for peace of mind that my webcam is only accessible when I want. But it’s hard to remember to replace the sticker after each meeting, and I’ve been looking for an excuse to try building a simple robot companion.
Here’s how I made it.
For this project, you will need:
- Micro servo motor
- Servo motor extension wire (or make your own with ribbon cable and header pins)
- Trinket M0 microcontroller or your other favorite Arduino-compatible
- Momentary switch
- DS3231 Realtime clock module (RTC) (don’t forget to snip off the resistor in the corner)
- 3D printer (I used my Creality CR10s-pro)
- PLA filament in white, black, and two additional colors of your choice
- Solderless breadboard
- Prototyping wires
- USB cable
And if you optionally choose to solder your circuit:
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