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    Rearview mirror backup camera

    I am looking into a backup system for my SUV. I am looking for an independent solution and do not want to go through the computer for obvious slow startup reasons.

    Just wondering if anyone has installed a rearview mirror backup camera system? There are several out there but they ALL look cheap. Some come with bluetooth and GPS integrated, but I do not care about those features. Also, the mirror mounting for some of these systems are horrible, they clip onto the existing rearview monitor, IMO this looks tacky. Another issue I have, most come with a 7" monitor, isn't 7" WAY to big for a rearview mirror hanging there?

    Any suggestions and input would be helpful?

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    i know pioneer do a unit without screen... you have to find a screen that suits you... cant remember the model nomber thou

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    Quote Originally Posted by chris4851 View Post
    I am looking into a backup system for my SUV. I am looking for an independent solution and do not want to go through the computer for obvious slow startup reasons.

    Just wondering if anyone has installed a rearview mirror backup camera system? There are several out there but they ALL look cheap. Some come with bluetooth and GPS integrated, but I do not care about those features. Also, the mirror mounting for some of these systems are horrible, they clip onto the existing rearview monitor, IMO this looks tacky. Another issue I have, most come with a 7" monitor, isn't 7" WAY to big for a rearview mirror hanging there?

    Any suggestions and input would be helpful?

    I have a rearview backup camera system. My mirror also has bluetooth and mic for handsfree calling and displaying numbers that are calling. It also has two video inputs..I use one input for my PC output (this will change in my new project) and the other for the rearview camera. Checkout the first page of my worklog, link is in my signature.
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    A 7" monitor did cross my mind for an independent rearview mirror/backup cam setup. I don't like how many of these solutions clip on to the existing rearview mirror, I think it looks tacky. Also, 7" in the rearview mirror location is to big for my liking. I am very anal when it comes to a stock appearance. I do not live in a high crime area, however Boston is a 15 minute drive and I do not like to draw unwanted attention when I am away from my car.

    I did manage to find a plug and play solution for GM systems (I own a GM). This solution looks 100% stock and integrates a 3.5" monitor into the mirror. I know is not as big as the stock 6.5" display however it is better than what I have now (nothing).

    This is the link in case anyone is interested.
    http://www.mitocorp.com/auto-dimming...a-display.html

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    Yeah.. I'm not a a huge fan of the clips and agree about the tackiness. I only purchased and installed mine as a temp solution until I get my touchscreen that's being installed in my dash. The prices on them are dropping a little so I may be finally getting one in the next week or so.

    On a side note maybe it's the way the certain cars front windshield and "aerodynamics",
    you cannot really tell my mirror is clip on from the side or front (maybe because of the stock UV tint at the top).

    In any case most VGA Touch Screens for CarPC's have two video inputs which will allow for a backup camera, which also does not have to be connected through your PC. For example, the video 2 input on my mirror switches to the backup camera when my car goes in reverse. This is independent of my PC.
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    I am looking for something like this my self, I have a scion xb and want to remove the rear view mirrio and replace it with a camera system.


    I want to build a small box for the screen, and then texture it like the sunvisors. I just have to find a good screen and camera to start.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hexxamillion View Post
    I have a rearview backup camera system. My mirror also has bluetooth and mic for handsfree calling and displaying numbers that are calling. It also has two video inputs..I use one input for my PC output (this will change in my new project) and the other for the rearview camera. Checkout the first page of my worklog, link is in my signature.
    I was looking at that rear view monitor...is it honestly any good? works well?
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    Quote Originally Posted by UnusuallyGenius View Post
    I was looking at that rear view monitor...is it honestly any good? works well?
    It definitely is bright for backup camera..that's for sure and can be adjusted with the remote IR remote it comes with. Regarding the secondary video input, I used for my EEEPC desktop output, not so bright during the day.

    The mirror is polarized so bright headlights at night time are not an issue either. It also switches automatically when you go in reverse. The bluetooth pairing with the phone is very easy and works. It displays the number on the mirror for incoming calls, the speaker volume is too low though. That would be the downside..the speaker volume.

    My new project will not be using this for handsfree calling..just used for the backup camera. I tell you what it is very cool when I was watching .avi's on my lunch at work at night, streaming from my EEEPC, using my WiiRemote. I have a video link in my signature.
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