Public Lab is an open community which collaboratively develops accessible, open source, Do-It-Yourself technologies for investigating local environmental health and justice issues.
Documentation for the Pi Builder software; see more at [https://github.com/publiclab/pi-builder](https://github.com/publiclab/pi-builder)
Using Pi Builder, you can download a premade SD card image to use your Pi as a WiFi streaming camera, a timelapse camera, an Infragram camera, and much more!
Read the [introductory blog post here](/notes/icarito/10-21-2018/introducing-pi-builder)
Pi Builder is used in the following projects:
* [Community Microscope Kit](/micro)
* [Lego Spectrometer Kit](/lego)
* [Infragram Pi Camera Kit](/wiki/raspberry-pi-infragram) (above!)
Get the most standard `pi-builder` SD card image here, which creates a WiFi network called `00-PiCamera` with password `publiclab`, and includes [Infragram](https://infragram.org), [Image Sequencer](https://sequencer.publiclab.org), and camera access (with timelapse):
Here's a direct link to a recent built image: https://gitlab.com/publiclab/pi-builder/-/jobs/121890022/artifacts/download
Once you assemble and plug in your Pi with the provided SD card (or flash your own from [one of the recipes here](https://github.com/publiclab/pi-builder/labels/recipe)):
1. wait 3-5 minutes for it to start up
2. connect to the `00-PiCamera` wifi network with password `publiclab`
3. wait for the popup prompt, or use `Click to log in to this network`, or if nothing happens, go to http://pi.local (NOT `https`, sorry!) and you'll see the welcome page.
If this doesn't work, please post a question below!
### Video quality
The streaming video you see in the web interfaces is not the highest quality available; to change it, click `Camera settings` at the `http://pi.local/cam/` page, and change the `Wi` value to something higher like `1024`. It can in theory go as high as `1980`, but I think streaming at high framerates at this resolution is probably tough for your Pi.
### New recipes
To create a new recipe on Pi Builder, see the GitHub repository (and readme file) here:
There you can look at proposed recipes, open an issue, or start developing your own recipe by opening a pull request, which will begin auto-building your image each time you push a commit.