The open-source Furbinator 3000 could be the nature photographer's best friend!

Simulated image of a fox being identified by an algorithm
(Image credit: Adam Juniper)

An industrious Ring owner has used AI to train the outdoor camera to identify badgers and foxes visiting his garden. Having set up the tech, James Milward used it to trigger a high-frequency deterrent for the animals – but photographers might have other uses for the code he shared.

Milward's project essentially uses code he assembled to monitor a Ring camera's feed, decide whether visitors are foxes and badges, and – if they are – turn on an ultrasonic fox and badger repellant he bought from Amazon. This is where, it occurs to us, a nature photography enthusiast might be more interested in connecting an alert in their home – or sending an alert to their phone, or even to a wireless shutter release.

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Adam Juniper
Managing Editor

With over 20 years of expertise as a tech journalist, Adam brings a wealth of knowledge across a vast number of product categories, including timelapse cameras, home security cameras, NVR cameras, photography books, webcams, 3D printers and 3D scanners, borescopes, radar detectors… and, above all, drones. 

Adam is our resident expert on all aspects of camera drones and drone photography, from buying guides on the best choices for aerial photographers of all ability levels to the latest rules and regulations on piloting drones. 

He is the author of a number of books including The Complete Guide to Drones, The Smart Smart Home Handbook, 101 Tips for DSLR Video and The Drone Pilot's Handbook