I have an unattended windows 10 x86 tablet that I use as a server on battery for about 10 hours a day (with windows CS (connected standby) disabled).

I would really like to start the software on my tablet, go to another computer. access the server's IP:port in a browser and see the video stream.

It would be nice if there is no connection to the web stream , the camera will be put on standby (to not consume power).

I am also a programmer on various techs and it would also be rally nice if I could plug in/extend it's behavior with image processing and an alert systems.

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The Open Computer Vision, OpenCV, is where you need to start.

  • It has C++, C, Python and Java interfaces and supports Windows, Linux, Mac OS, iOS and Android.
  • The library includes numerous examples.
  • There is an example here of using the python bindings to start a server for that could be extended to switch the camera off on disconnect and on on connect.
  • It is probably the best possible starting point for your Image Processing.
  • Thank you the python sample link is really small. I also found some interesting command line app : commandCam that can mabye be piped through nc Commented Jun 8, 2016 at 10:48
  • Seams I don't have a camera on my laptop to develop this. Do you know how an easy way I can create fake camera stream/device to use in opencv? Commented Jun 8, 2016 at 10:59
  • Easiest way is to plug in a Web cam but you can stream from a file or a Web location as well. Commented Jun 8, 2016 at 11:01
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    Steve Barnes : extended the code (first time doing python) to do multithreading and sleep camera after it is not used for an amount of time github.com/ovidiubuligan/PythonHttpWebCam . Used PyInstaller to create a python independent release that runs on my tablet. Commented Jun 10, 2016 at 9:08
  • Also I had to use the front camera source since the back camera doesn't work ,without any error message. (Windows 10 cammera app works with back camera ) Commented Jun 10, 2016 at 9:11

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