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  • Hardware Review: Rupel iVox102h HD SSD Driving Recorder




    What is it?

    The Rupel iVox is a high-definition audio/video recording device with built-in GPS, accelerometer, and rear camera support. Video is recorded for playback on an included 16GB USB solid-state drive.

    The Verdict:

    The Rupel iVox102h is a feature rich recording device with all the bells and whistles. It’s “install and forget” configuration as well as its high quality image capturing means the iVox102H is a very versatile device. It seems its creator has done an amazing job of incorporating a variety of sensor capabilities into a useful and intuitive device.

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    What’s in the box?

    The iVox102H comes with the high-definition camera, a 16GB solid state USB drive, a windshield mount with GPS built in, a 6 meter cigarette lighter power plug, and a rear auxiliary camera. Wire looms are also generously thrown in.


    Description:

    In car, I talk, a lot. A lot of the things I say cannot be repeated in this blog post. In fact, I should probably invest in installing a swear jar somewhere in my mass of PC components and wiring. The Rupel iVox102H was the device that taught me this. That’s because this high quality audio/video capture device sees and hears all that’s going on during my daily commute. It does a clever job of recording what I see as a driver on the busy streets of the DC metropolitan area, all while (optionally) recording all audio that echoes throughout my travels.


    Installation for the device is only slightly more difficult than installing a portable GPS unit. The included base, which features a built-in GPS receiver, simply sticks to your front windshield or dashboard. It connects to the camera with a standard VESA mount and 3.5mm cable so that the GPS data can be written to the camera’s 16GB solid state hard drive, or optionally, a SD card. Next step in installation is to simply run the power line to your nearest 12volt cigarette lighter port. Then optionally the camera will take a 3.5mm audio/video out and yet another 3.5mm jack for the included auxiliary rear camera.


    Once installed, the iVox102H powers on when power is supplied through the cigarette lighter port upon ignition, and powers down shortly after the vehicle is turned off. Optionally, you can connect the device to an always-on 12volt source and record 24/7, though, as always applies in the car, this will only work if you maintain 12volts or more at the battery.


    Shortly after powering on, the camera will automatically begin recording, emitting a simple “recording started” phrase which is elegantly created. This is the “normal” mode for recording. A secondary “event” recording mode is automatically created based on the built-in accelerometer crossing a preset threshold. In this automatic mode, the iVox102H will recapture the prior 15 seconds before the event, and continue recording the preceding 5 minutes after the event before returning to normal mode again. The idea behind event mode is that the moments that need to be captured are captured without the default 30 second splitting the camera saves the files at during the default setting.


    While the iVox is declared as an “HD” capable device, the reality is at its highest setting the primary camera records at 3-megapixels. The video quality is still good enough to capture a license place or an occasional street sign. The rear camera is of lesser quality, but is good enough to use in parking scenarios, which is what the creators designed it for.


    The iVox102h comes with a Rupel Viewer application which allows the video files created by the capture device to be displayed with metadata in tow. The app will show you your calculated speed, latitude, longitude, and built-in accelerometer values in a nice graphical interface. You’re also presented a Google map window which will show your recorded travels. The application, while useful for configuring the camera for things like quality, time format, and distance display, requires a very large resolution display (no car PC will display it), and doesn’t genuinely do anything special. All metadata is shown embedded on the video replay, so users are welcome to simply use they’re own video application.


    The Positive:

    • High quality video capture without the need for a PC
    • Composite video output means you can connect the device to a PC if you wish
    • Quality imaging and audio pickup
    • Auto-power on/off
    • Captures GPS and accelerometer data and uses it for event detection
    • Included software gives you all the video information in a nice GUI
    • Two channels means you can record from two cameras


    The Negative:

    • Camera itself is somewhat large for windshield mounting
    • Can run into cable management problems if connecting all accessories
    • Included application requires a high resolution display to use.


    The Verdict:

    The Rupel iVox102h is a feature rich recording device with all the bells and whistles. It’s “install and forget” configuration as well as its high quality image capturing means the iVox102H is a very versatile device. It seems its creator has done an amazing job of incorporating a variety of sensor capabilities into a useful and intuitive device.

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    Last edited by Enforcer; 12-05-2011, 07:33 PM. Reason: Copeid and paste full review from soundmans post
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  • #3
    you really gotta stop that 'readmore' stuff-- or get optical to fix it..
    Last edited by Enforcer; 12-05-2011, 07:33 PM. Reason: Move full review to first post
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    • #5
      Oops forgot to remove the readmore's from the forum post. Thanks E, and as mentioned on facebook, there is no current pricing on this model. Only at the point of gauging interest
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      • #6
        Excellent review! I sent an email to the company that makes and distributes this unit, sample prices for the 101h with only 1 camera is 220.00us and the 102h with front and rear camera 240.00us. MOQ is 100pc If you need the contact just ask! SNO

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        • #7
          The 3.5 mm GPS cable is a data cable and not audio, right? I ask because 3.5 is usually associated with audio.

          Also, could you take some more pictures of every angle of the device? I would like to see the operator buttons/interface if possible so I can know what to expect.
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          • #8
            Originally posted by stonestatue View Post
            The 3.5 mm GPS cable is a data cable and not audio, right? I ask because 3.5 is usually associated with audio.

            Also, could you take some more pictures of every angle of the device? I would like to see the operator buttons/interface if possible so I can know what to expect.
            yes the 3.5mm lines are just data lines. Audio is captured through the microphone built into the device.

            I can take more pictures but there's only one button, where the led is, that seems to put the camera in "event" mode manually. It doesn't appear to do anything else and the reference material doesnt say anything about it.
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            • #9
              more pictures of the unit while installed....







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              • #11
                Originally posted by Enforcer View Post
                That is a nasty mess
                agreed. One knock i forgot to mention in the review is that there are 4 separate connections at the device. There should probably be one proprietary connector at the base with a breakout cable downline somewhere. But when you consider that 3 of those connections are completely optional, i guess its not too bad
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                • #12
                  I'm pretty interested in integrating this for SCCA Solo Autocross race run recording.

                  You say it can't output recorded video to a typical 7" Car PC screen? That could be a deal killer. But I assume it could output live video as captured to the Video screen while it's taking them right ?
                  08' WRX - lightly prepared for D-stock autocross
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                  • #13
                    Originally posted by murphyslaww View Post
                    I'm pretty interested in integrating this for SCCA Solo Autocross race run recording.

                    You say it can't output recorded video to a typical 7" Car PC screen? That could be a deal killer. But I assume it could output live video as captured to the Video screen while it's taking them right ?
                    I said you can't play back the video through the software on a 7" screen because the software has a set resolution which is far beyond 800x600. You do have the option of watching the video in any video playback software like VLC (which is actually included on the hard drive).
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                    • #14
                      I have one of these:

                      http://www.dealextreme.com/p/vehicle...-sd-card-48415

                      Positives : Cheaper, smaller, memory upgradeable, settings can be changed, only needs one wire - power. Works in 0 lux (I.e, pitch black darkness). 105 degree wide angle lens. Can be used as legal evidence (A prostitute got into my car and sexually assaulted me - she's due in court and the video/audio captured will be used as evidence against her!)

                      Negatives: No rearview camera, no tv out support. Data string is written on top in white which is impossible to see when it's cloudy outside! Can be quite picky about which memory card is used.

                      For example, I have tried Micro-SD's but those overheat when recording and then fail to record any further. Low transfer speed cards stutter sometimes. I use a Sandisk Extreme 4Gb Class 10 SD card and it's been working fine.

                      http://youtu.be/h9nlR-lLT88

                      What I captured ^

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                      • #15
                        I'm thinking of getting a dedicated police camera setup, those things you see police use in their cars. They are reliable but expensive as hell ($2,000+).
                        Check out my GMC Savana worklog.

                        Remaining tasks to facilitate vanputer installation codename "Enterprise":
                        - Edit skin to liking.
                        - Get compatible phone for mobilephone.net.
                        - Facilitate HVAC control.

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