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Thread: video cams for our carputers?

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    video cams for our carputers?

    the GPS system on my father's car has a video camera mounted on the rear bumper. so when the car goes into reverse, LCD screen shows everything you normally couldn't or hard to see.

    from what I understand, that particular system only works with automatic transmissions (don't know why tho).

    is it possible to hook up a video camera to our carputers (one of those dual video input screens, maybe?) and use reverse light to switch it on and off?

    I believe this is technologically possible, but don't have enough knowledge to do it myself...

    anybody wants to give it a shot?

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    very possible and able to be done exactly like you said.

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    Specially with one of those cheap web-cams.

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    ...but don't those web cams utilize a usb interface? What I was thinking was a small cam with rca type outputs and the power to it would be triggered by the reverse light ans switched via a relay. How were you thinking of doing it? Just having the web cam on all of the time and switching to the capture software to view the camera output? Or what?

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    reason is if it's not automated and you have to stop doing something to use it... how much would it get used?

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    Would it be more useful to have a fish-eye type lens in the camera?

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    Probably so... especailly for a reverse cam

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    I found this little thing on ebay (at least 10 of them right now, so please don't step on my toes...):
    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...category=14957

    it would be perfect for this project, 72 degree viewing angle, 0.5 lux infrared, NTSC/PAL output, 9v DC... shipping is a bit rip-off, but starting price is low...

    I'm getting one, what do you guys think?

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    Nice find, but I don't think it's weather resistant??? I could be wrong though. You might try x10.com...I know they sell night vision wide angle cameras too.
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    digitalww sells this dome for 10 bucks...
    http://www.digitalww.com/dome.htm

    the camera should fit, since it's identical to the ones on digitalww website...

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