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    well, im not saying this is good... but in my car, I had set opus 120 on taxi mode (never power off) because I was running deliveries since our driver gave up and quit...Anyway, once I got home, shut the car off, but forgot about the pc and opus on taxi-mode since my screen hides away upon ignition outtage.

    Basicly my pc was left on and GPS on as well for ~18 hours before i returned to the car. The car started up fine. As far as im aware, its not a special battery... just what ever came with the car. I was surprized it was not dead. Anymore, im not afraid to leave the machine on. But I avoid doing so unless work conditions call for it.


    *thinking*....what a wonderfull idea. setting up a cam inside the car to record any motion triggered activity to a hidden hard drive... I like the idea. Hmmm.... "Asus video security" software would capture motion activated. then its just a matter of positioning the cameras ... something like infrared assisted.... *goes back to the lab's drawing board*
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    with having motion sensors, you'd have to point them down, and even if you did, if someone walks by your car, it would start recording, which doesnt help at all

    so you'd need a way for it to record say, 5 minutes, then stop if theres no more motion

    then u dont have 5 hours of video to look through

    no?

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    As far as where to put the camera.... create a custom mount hole in the rear view mirror facing the driver side window. that way its pretty well hidden (most are black, which is what the cameras are usually also so easy to desguise). only problem is if sum1 gets in to drive and changes it, you gotta reset the whole thing so scratch that idea lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by FC3S
    with having motion sensors, you'd have to point them down, and even if you did, if someone walks by your car, it would start recording, which doesnt help at all

    so you'd need a way for it to record say, 5 minutes, then stop if theres no more motion

    then u dont have 5 hours of video to look through

    no?
    In my mind when I toyed arourd this this idea I always figured I would use a aftermarket alarm as the trigger. Maybe even have it tied into a dual-stage shock sensor if you want and have it start the recording in one of the stages of of the sensor.

    As a suggestion to the OP, I would highly suggest a dedicated deep cycle battery. Most people drive their cars daily but if you skip one day I can almost guarantee a dead battery. Even my new Optima yellow top , with the PC in hibernating with a couple (live) USB devices drops to around 8-9v after three days. Discharging a battery to zero volts (or very near) and it's pretty much dead for good - especially a non-deep cycle.

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    motion detection via software is the best mechanism I would say.

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    The best in-vehicle security camera we have found.
    5v dc with a power draw less than a typical car alarm.

    No PC required for operation.

    Streams video from its self contained web server, built-in wireless 802.11b/g. Just bridge it to your home wireless network router or any accessable WiFi AP.

    Internal motion sensing system, fires off an email with a vidio clip attached when motion is detected.

    vxcarpc:

    AIVMS can automatically shutdown nearly any windows XP system when 12v power levels cross a low end theshold.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sama
    motion detection via software is the best mechanism I would say.
    Thats what im talking about ^_^ interesting link...
    *subscribes*
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