Wednesday, September 28, 2011

AntCam Project

Document the several week long tunnel building process of the ants with a time lapsed video.

July 29, 2008: Just press "play" in on the pic above to watch the video. Have your sound on. 119 hours and 29 minutes are compressed down to less than 100 seconds. No ants were harmed in the making of this video.

July 28, 2008: The ants have bored about as many holes as possible. Only a few ants have died.

July 23, 2008: 39 harvester ants are placed into the AntWorks to toil away.

July 18, 2008: The ants arrived today, but they were all dead :(. We're working on getting fresh ones.

July 11, 2008: Antworks arrives. Ants on order.

July 03, 2008: Antworks ordered.

July 01, 2008: Setup testing begins.

The setup is simple. We have an old slow HP desktop running Windows XP. For a camera we have a standard $20 LogicTech wecam. We are running a fantastic free open source program called Dorgem that FTPs the images to our web host and saves the images to our hard drive. Very simple and very low cost.