BTW, here is a good article on thermal imagers
BMW's system isn't IR though, it's thermal, big difference in both performance and cost. My brother uses a Thermal video camera at work for detecting heat loss in buildings. They go for around $20,000 dollars. Compare that to a decent camcorder with IR which is probably around $400 and it gives you some sense of scale.
Well guys, I went out and and took the hit today. I now have on order the complete nightvision setup out of a 2000 Cadillac Deville. Comes with the thermal camera, HUD, control switch, dash pad and wiring harness. I also have a spare HUD and switch coming with it. Total cost was $1100.00. Shouldd be here next week Merry Christmas to ME!
I read about a guy that converted this camera to a regular RCA video out. Might be cool to tie it into a monitor...
Looks like it'll be a springtime install. I have been itching for a 2002-2004 Deville anyway. Parts are 100% interchangable for 2000-2005, so I can buy a car without nightvision and install this exact setup, pretty much bolt it right in.
Costs you $4.000 - $5.000 for the "sensor", LCD/TFT not included.
http://blog.sounddomain.com/2007/11/...athfindir.html states $4.425 .
The manufacturers site http://www.eurasia.flir.com/dve/
As an aside, I was watching a cheap, somewhat screwy FLIR module on ebay that needed some repair that was at like $11. I was hoping I could snipe it as the retail on it is $12,000K, no such luck, 5 days left and it shot to over $300. I don't even want to know what it is now
the hud has been done by GM so you should be legal to use in all states as for the display use a piece of Plexiglas instead of the windshield so as to avoid distortion of your display
here is a link for reference http://www.dupont.com/safetyglass/en...ts/hud_gm.html
Thanks for the well-wishes! Now, if only it was spring time and I had my new(er) Deville...this is gonna be a loooooooong slowwwwwwwwwwww winter!
Some people asked, so I'll spill my secrets. I got this setup on E-bay. The "perfect" situation is when a 2000-2004 Deville gets rear-ended or blows a motor. In either event, the parts of the car are worth more than fixing it, especially when the motor goes BIG BUCKS! The owners know that, and with a screwdriver and a wrench, they can pull the most valuable parts, especially the camera and HUD.
Don't misunderstand, it took months (years) of searching to get this. Been searching e-bay and junk yards almost since this thread started. I have seen cameras bid up to $1000-$1500.00 alone, and the HUD sell for $200-$500.00.
The IR and Nitemax setups work very well, but there is really no comparison to thermal imaging, it's two separate technologies. FLIR has that kit for $4000.00+, and it is very similar to this Raytheon camera Caddy used. But 4 GRAND!
As gfar as the Dupont film, it is embedded into the windshield glass, very difficult to duplicate externally. The Plexi would work (someone here did it with the top of a CD case), but it would look cheap in my opinion.
I'll keep you posted, going to experiment on the bench for a while
Well, the spare HUD and switch came today, and I promply took them apart.
Inside is a 9" concave mirror on a pivot, which changes the height of the display on the windshield. The projector looks like a regular back-lit monitor, only it is about .75" x 2", about the same size as one of those character LCDs, hmmmm....
I had a fleeting thought about hooking the camera signal to a regular monitor for the night vision, and then replacing the mini-projector in the HUD with an LCD to display system info, music info, whatever LCDs can display. I mean, it would make sense to use the HUD for the nightvision, that's the whole point, but how cool would it be to have LCD characters displayed? Just an idea...
Then I thought someone here might want to do that. The HUDs are on e-bay out of other cars in the $50 - $100 range, and the most important part would be the movable reflector and housing. If you mounted an LCD in there, (and had room under your dash) possibilities abound!
I'll post pics when I can. Stay tuned!