I am a retired sys admin and I more time then money. I have always wanted to set up monitors/cameras in and around my house. Is it possible to construct devices that using Arduino boards with various sensors send numeric/video data back to a central point via wireless transmission (Xbee)? My main concern is power; most of the places I want to monitor would have to be either battery or solar powered. Some units would have to be weather proof also, being outside many yards from the base. I would reassurance before I start down this trail, that the technology using Arduino gear will work.
"snap shots" would be fine. If a motion sensor at the foot of the driveway or a sensor on a back door could trigger a picture being taken and sent this would be excellent. How about power? A unit with an Arduino, motion sensor, weatherproof camera, Xbee wireless and any other attachments, how could that be powered to be standalone ? And assuming that it would be in a sleep mode until activated.
Some locations will have AC - house basement, upstairs back room. And some will be 50 yards or more from the house, so solar/battery will most likely be needed. Since my first post, I have been all over this site (and a few others) and I think what I can accomplish most of what I ultimately want to do with Arduino and components. My first goal is to build a system that will monitor my driveway and when something occurs send a picture via wireless to a central PC. I am looking forward to placing my first order with Adafruit and beginning this adventure. Thank You.