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I've been using the MotionPi distribution for a little while to turn my Pi Model A into a security Cam. It works awesome. Prior to discovering this disto I was using rasbian and the Python Picamera API, it was excellent for tinkering. and I had it reading from my DS18B20 Digital temp sensor and pasting the results on the camera stills.

I've love this feature with MotionPi, does anyone have an idea how I might implement this?

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I solved my own question! The motion software used by MotionPie listens on a control port. It's possible to send a wget command with a specific URL that will update the left text field with provided variables. I simply read the temperature sensor and then have the wget run every 5minutes.

http://username:password@localhost:7999/1/config/set?text_left=temp:$TEMPERATURE
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