(i'll link this post up in a day or two and make it interesting, don't worry)
hehe, i think my post in teh HUD thread showed what i wanted to do.
quantum, your build on that array of LCDs was my first idea, but i'm nearsighted and the screens were too small. my next idea was pretty simple: get an ATI USB TV wonder and actualy make the nitemax image a window on my desktop that can be minimized and maximized. That way, for night driving, i could have a nice large view of the IR world. The HUD part was going to be my screen anyways (a 8x12 sheet of something that has yet to be determined). So far, i've had a few hits, but almost as many misses. The perfec tsolution truned out to be WAY over budget. A solution that was given to me by an old research professor seems to be the next and far cheaper set. Also, i'm tinting my car. and i hope to use a sheet of polaroised tints to minimized outgoing light form the HUD.
I've bene researching polarization techniques in manufacturing. Its a polarized flim that makes your LCDs on all calcuators and etc. work, beleive it or not...and its VERY interesting...makes those electic tints on those high end cars seem like a cheap gimmick they ripped off and overcharge on. I'm trying to see if i can get it to work as an HUD that when you desire it, a button press or a mouse wave, an image of the screen appears and allows you to do things, making it a bit less distracting than changing the radio as you don't have to look down. So far, though, it seems chromatic and i'm looking at a similar way that you guys are arranging your HUDs, a physcial screen in the dash, to do it. there si a medical film that, if it works, i'll reccomend. However, righ tnow,my car is pretty much...on the fritz, so until i get a motor swap done, its all research. I'm still wondering if i cna get way to shift polarized films to create a black spot screen that i can reflect off of, like a two way mirror.
As for the Nitemaxes, i'm thinking a blindspot, foward, and rear CCD is in order. I don't see a real need for a rear view camera, but whatever :). I'm still thinking about two forwards though for stereo vision. Ther'es a specific reason for it and i need to start looking at the nitemax pdfs for the resolution of the CCDs. Nissan has this interesting technology that will wake you up if it thinks that you've drifted off and are inadvertantly changing lanes. Also, i'm probably going to be talking with my robotics proffessor, who's big into computer vision, and we'll see what we can come up with. That's my project...atleast for the car. Paintball wise...hehehe..that's going to be something really cool and bring digital warfare onto them poor kids...
mark...do you have an expereince with recording off a nitemax?
@quantum....Visibility, or lack there of, from the front of the car can be accomplished by using the angles of incidence (i beleive that's what its called). its a property of trasnperant matereials, ie glass, that as light travels through the two mediums, it will change angle. When you look at an object in water, see how it bends? Well there's an angle where it will just bounce off the medium and not go in, and there's an angle where light will enter the meduim and bounce around in the meduim and not leave (i'm talking about a flat sheet of whatever). the former is a possibility on how they do it. it just reflects off the windsheild and only the people inside the car get to see it.
I dont' feel like diging through my text books for the equations...but tis really really simple. Liek a few varibales and a proportion based on two n values (n=1 is air)