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  • Firewire digi cam mounted in rearview mirror.

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    Originally posted by mr2mac View Post
    Just thought id update you:1

    I have remade the firewire digital camera fitted into my rear view mirror, some pics:





















    I hacked into the firewire cable to enable a switch to turn the camera on and off.

  • #2
    Very nice mate, although you couldn't have opened the mirror casing up without cutting around the edge? Are the seams neat where it's gone back together.

    Have you thought about putting a gps receiver in there too?
    I installed my carpc into my pet Kangaroo, mate.

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    • #3
      interesting idea, what are you going to use it for?

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      • #4
        Insurance purposes?
        Nice install man!
        What model is that cam?

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        • #5
          maybe i'm missing it but Id like to know where you got that camera and if they have any other interfaces besides firewire
          "Mess with the best, die like the rest."
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          • #6
            This is the cam:

            http://unibrain.com/Products/VisionImg/Fire_i_DC.htm

            Will use it for track days, etc anything really. Could fabricate the same with most usb web cams.

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            • #7
              I know how to do it with a USB web cam but I was looking for something with better quality for a forward cam and a rear cam
              "Mess with the best, die like the rest."
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              Work Log v2 --> New Car (Totaled)
              Work Log v3 --> GMC Suburban K2500 (Engine died)
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              • #8
                This is some footage at med/low quality:



                It does take up quite a bit of space, the next clip was at high quality, but i had to convert it to a different format to put it on youtube, which has unfortunately made the quality look poor, but i can assure you it is pretty sharpe:

                http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=otvCYbSB3ZQ

                Originally posted by P3D4T0R View Post
                I know how to do it with a USB web cam but I was looking for something with better quality for a forward cam and a rear cam
                Try the unibrain, you can daisy chain several together, view them on a split screen.

                http://unibrain.com/Products/VisionImg/Fire_i_DC.htm

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                • #9
                  Thanks, I saw those and I like them and what you did with yours is pretty good and I like the quality. However I have a Nano-ITX which dose not have firewire so one like this but with USB or anything but firewire would kick ***, as long as its not firewire.
                  "Mess with the best, die like the rest."
                  Work Log --> Old Car (Totaled)
                  Work Log v2 --> New Car (Totaled)
                  Work Log v3 --> GMC Suburban K2500 (Engine died)
                  Work Log v4.5 --> 05 Toyota Tundra DC SR5

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by NiSlo View Post
                    Very nice mate, although you couldn't have opened the mirror casing up without cutting around the edge? Are the seams neat where it's gone back together.
                    I wanna know that too. I tried cracking one apart at the glued seem and cracked the mirror when I was about 3/4 of the way done. Luckily it was from a junk yard.

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                    • #11
                      i think this is a very cool idea, but there are a few things that aren't obvious to me, i.e. what happens to the camera's aim when you adjust the mirror? Is the change noticable or does it make little difference? Again... if it's used for track purposes, i can't imagine you're paying much attention to what's behind you... but it kind of limits the greater utility of having a camera in your car.

                      Also, with the dimming lever gone, is there an auto-dimming replacement you put in there or is it just going to be bright as day when someone pulls behind you with their high beams on? If this isn't to be used at night then i suppose that is a moot point... but i wonder if there's another way to accomplish the same thing without that drawback.
                      Et ipsa scientia potestas est.

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                      Pictures of the Corolla (retired)here
                      Need to make something? Here are a few ideas.

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