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    NICEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Project NiteVision - NiteMax + HUD + carputer

    I want to install a night vision system in my setup almost entirely using parts of a nitemax camera.

    here is my plan of attack:

    first here is an image of what I want it to look like when i am done:



    The image on the windshield will be more square then I have illustrated it in picture and will be transparent as it will just be a projected image on the glass. I do not want to use any tint or film on the glass that would noticeably diminish the opacity of the glass.

    Since this will be used mainly at night I do not care if the HUD is not visible in daylight. If i really want to use the system in the daytime, I can see it on my main carputer screen.

    I have disassembled the nitemax camera shown below.



    The CCD board and the lens will be housed in a small project box that I picked up @ radio shack and I think that I will mount it to the underside of the stock mount for my rear view mirror. The case will be between the mirror and the windshield and will not be blocking the drivers field of view. I might change the location if I encounter glare from the windshield.

    The rest of the components of the nitemax (power supply board, LCD, LCD controller) will be housed in a larger project box that will be recessed into the top of my dash board.

    here is a pic of the lcd disassembled and the controller, along with the backlighting, I disassembled thinking that the stock backlighting would not be enough to project the image on to the windshield, but being that i only want the HUD at night I am going to try it with the assembled lcd and stock backlight first.



    And here are some quick drawings I made to show what I have planned out in the project box that will recess into the windshield.






    I thought about using a mirror, but the lcds image should be reversible if i remember correctly from the nitemax thread, and the mirror would mean more adjustments, loss of brightness, ect.

    I am really looking for any help with the HUD configuration as I am going to be learning this as I go. Does anyone have any ideas on how else it might be done?

    I will keep this thread updated with the projects progress.
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    o wow.. I like this idea... very nice!! Keep up the work and let us know how it's working out

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    nice one. I'm interested in how the issues with sunlight etc will be solved. nice adventure dude

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    thanks, guys.

    sama, will be even cooler if using your software it can identify and warn me of objects in the road (Even though the car will be moving)

    software is where the real fun will be had

    for all those curious check out this thread....

    http://mp3car.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=73065
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    hehe. there are techniques for doing motion detection relative to one's own motion, like optic flow (in that thread). Conceptually I can think how to do that, but my rusty mathmatics needs a lot of work first

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    I was thinking something along those lines, but cus I still in the FAB part of two cars I don't have the time to do some trial and error to see where it take me.

    I'm keeping an eye on this thread

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    My GTP already has a HUD, but I was wanting to do this kind of project also with my Nitemaxx parts. Subscribed!

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    Quote Originally Posted by alti
    I thought about using a mirror, but the lcds image should be reversible if i remember correctly from the nitemax thread, and the mirror would mean more adjustments, loss of brightness, ect.
    I can't tell from your parts which CCD Board you have, but the Color one can produce mirrored output and the LCD Controller itself supports mirror too.(It is there in the thread somewhere.)

    Also: If you're feeding 12v DC regulated into your project box to power everything, you won't actually need the Power Supply Board. The only thing LCD related that the Power Supply Board provides is LCD Contrast Adjustment. This can be replace with a 5k Ohm Potentiometer instead.

    The Camera itself will work fine with 12v DC too.

    Has anyone ever played with the Digital Potentiometers? Done properly, it would be possible to control the LCD Brightness and Contrast from your PC!

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    I have the b/w CCD, I remember something about cutting a wire?? I remember seeing in the thread as well (will look for it again when i get to that step)

    I want to get one of the color CCD from you if you still have them as well to play with, I think that the b/w will do a better job for this appliaction though from what i was reading.

    Thanks for bringing the hardware to make this possible, Mark!
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