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  • Small motor and remote control for camera?

    Although I'm not as high-tech as you pavement scrapers, I appreciate the electro-mechanical expertise.

    I have a Jeeputer in my Jeep with Innovatek touch screen. Also running a GPS for on and off-road navigation. I have a rear-view camera and will be putting in "rock crawler" cameras (2) in the front. Once mounted, invariably I'm going to want to adjust the view by rotating the camera -- or even moving it behind a cover of sorts when not in use.

    I am thinking an electronic motor with remote-mirror-like functionality would be very cool to adjust and "put away" the cameras. Like the remote-mirror controls, it'd be great if I had a three way switch to select the camera, then control the camera as if I controlled my rear view mirrors.

    Any thoughts? Appreciate the insight. Remote mirror idea good? Better idea? Have you tackled something like this yourself?

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    I am not sure but did you check out the x10 (yes x10) robotic arm or whatever they called.
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    • #3
      Wow. Exactly what I needed. It's almost like I invented it myself. ;} The only caveat is that this is for a car ... hate to run power off the inverter if I can avoid it. Looks like a great price:

      On Ebay

      Would this run off straight 12v? I wonder if I can buy the individual camera motors separately?

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      • #4
        Hapymudy: Good luck with that. You might want to just use a simple actuator for swinging it up and down, but IDK about pivoting around in back of the truck. Just go for a wide angle of view.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by hapymudy
          Wow. Exactly what I needed. It's almost like I invented it myself. ;} The only caveat is that this is for a car ... hate to run power off the inverter if I can avoid it. Looks like a great price:

          On Ebay

          Would this run off straight 12v? I wonder if I can buy the individual camera motors separately?
          Ask the seller what the output voltage on the power supply is. Probably 12dc or under, if so, then just use an LMXX to make your own regulator.
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          • #6
            The way X10 works is to send an array of control and status signals back and forth over the 115v power lines w/in the typical house lines.

            Where will these be on your jeep?
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            • #7
              .... of course.. you have some modding to do even w/ the Ninja Pan/Tilt from X10. but it's a start.
              •Micke

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              • #8
                Funny stuff ... don't *really* want to build a house. Didn't realize X10 uses the house current!

                Actually, I may have to go snag some remote control mirror controls and motors from the junkyard. Already 12v ready ... the one I have controls two mirrors with a switch. Instead of the mirrors, mount the camera on the motor.

                Didn

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                • #9
                  Haha - mod a old electric mirror with a small webcam instead of the mirror! VOILA! Hook up the 4 buttons to a parallel controlled relay card. :-D

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                  • #10
                    Okay, I'm just going to have to show you the Jeep way. My goal is to always save money, work with existing stuff and build something functional. For example, most of you will think Jeepers are nuts to build a hand throttle with a bicycle shifter -- but if you're 2000 foot up the side of a mountain, it's nice to be able to have your feets on the brake AND Clutch and use the hand throttle to keep your RRRs up.

                    Okay. Trip to junk yard is in the works. I guess I have to pick up Cherokee mirror controls and the mirrors that go with them. Mount the control on my console, rip out the motors from the mirrors, extend the wires to the camera mounts.

                    I'll post pics. Thanks for the input!

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                    • #11
                      your feet on the gas AND the clutch
                      ...eyes on the robo-cam...

                      ---The audience will grade your tumbling routine when you get to the bottom.
                      kiddin' man. --the mirror trick is a better fit and certainly more 'Jeepish'
                      g'luck w/your install
                      Cheers!
                      •Micke

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                      • #12
                        id say a 2 or 4 way phidget for X axis rotation and Y axis rotation, and hook it up to a simple joystick or something. Wouldnt be that difficult to map to a joystick would it?
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                        • #13
                          See, there you guys go! Showin' up the Jeep guy.

                          The joystick control is sort of what I envisioned, but I looked all over for an actual 12v motor (x2) and control that would be inexpensive. While I schedule the junk yard run, any ideas where I could get a cheap actuator/control for this type of functionality?

                          Appreciated. Thanks for letting me play.

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                          • #14
                            I think the side mirror motor mount idea will work fine. Snag the 4 button controller for it too. Good thinkin
                            I am thinkin about doing this too, but I am going to use a IR Camera from brickhouse.com so I can see at night
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                            • #15
                              When you hit the junkyards, you might also try looking for boats... Grab a remote searchlight from an old cruiser or something. They're guaranteed to be waterproof! Even come with a casing for the camera (pull out the reflector). Best part - they're all 12V!

                              New ones run a little steep... http://search.ebay.com/remote-search...fkrZ1QQfromZR8
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