I'm trying to put together a project that will allow me to put a Raspberry Pi on my door with the PiCam Module and display the video stream (NOT SAVE IT) from the peephole on a TFT touch screen connected to it.

Note: This is for my use on the viewer side of the peephole, not for spying on people by being on the "viewee" side of the peephole.

Is this a possible project? I'm super new to the Pi Community

If so, should I purchase a Model B or Model B+ model? Currently I hear maybe the B would be better but I'd rather buy the best one since I currently don't own one.

This is my proposed shopping cart:

  • Miniature WiFi Module - Official Raspberry Pi Edition PID: 2638

  • 5V 2A Switching Power Supply w/ 20AWG 6' MicroUSB Cable PID: 1995

  • 8GB SD Card with Raspbian Jessie Operating System PID: 2767

  • Adafruit Raspberry Pi B+ / Pi 2 Case - Smoke Base w/ Clear Top PID: 2258

  • Raspberry Pi 2 - Model B - ARMv7 with 1G RAM PID: 2358

  • Raspberry Pi Camera Board PID: 1367

  • RCA (Composite Video, Audio) Cable 6 feet PID: 863

  • PiTFT - Assembled 480x320 3.5" TFT+Touchscreen for Raspberry Pi PID: 2097

Any tips?

  • I'm fairly sure shopping recommendations are off topic.
    – joan
    Feb 19 '16 at 20:57
  • @joan it's not recommendations it's about project feasibility. Feb 19 '16 at 20:58
  • Are you referring to the model 2 B when you say model B or the original model B. Feb 19 '16 at 22:39
  • @PatrickCook model 2 B. 1GB ram Feb 19 '16 at 22:40
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    Actually you would have the capability to send the images to another RPi or a PC on your Home network - it could even be extended (suitable door hardware permitting) to allow you review (switch a connected TV/Monitor to show the picture when it gets one) and to open the door remotely, say from your sofa perhaps! Facial recognition - it sees your mug in the view-finder and opens the door to you might be a bit optimistic though, as you wouldn't want it to let someone in who just holds a photo of you in front of it... 8-)
    – SlySven
    Feb 20 '16 at 3:47

The Model 2 B would probably be your best option, since it's higher processing speed and more RAM would decrease the latency on the video stream and possible allow for higher framerates/quality.

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