Ok peeps, I have to say this is the best bit of the CarPC I've done so far. I am very very chuffed with my camera and mount.
Here's what I had delivered. It's your standard low spec webcam.
I had to find a way to mount the camera. Best place I could find was up behind the mirror on the windscreen as it would be out of sight here and I could run the cable under the trim all the way to the glove box. The mount that came with the webcam had to be binned as it wasn't up to the job and would allow far too much of the road vibration to show on the recordings.
I decided on clear perspec being the chosen material for the mount as it was discreet and as I've already said, I dont want anything that is blaringly obvious, the cleaner the look the better. I managed to source some suction cups with threads attached that would make a secure attachment to the windscreen as well as dampen any vibration to make the picture smoother. This took about 45mins to make and I have to say I love it.
And here is a pic with the camera attached after I removed the stock mount. One of the reasons I chose this camera was that it has full movement, so if you want to adjust it once it's installed you don't have to move the suction cups about.
And here it is installed in the car. From the drivers seat you can't even see it! :D
I have some software running which processes the GPS info and overlays it onto the screen. The same software records the footage continuously and with the click of a button you can save the last 15minutes (or however long you want) to the hard drive. Excellent if you end up in a prang and need evidence against the other party, or more importantly for showing off your skills on a track day. Here is a very short clip. Bare in mind I still have some tweaking to do with the resolution and the GPS info - its still very raw at the moment. When I'm finished the resolution will be around twice as good as this, and the GPS will be able to keep up :wink:
[Video removed - probably not something to show on public forum]
So what do you think :?:
I'll add a safe video when I'm next out in the car :lol:
That suction cup mount you made is the cats tits. Well done.
BTW, what's that video that was removed?
It was me, possibly going over the speed limit. Thank you for your comments
Well I thought it was about time to update the carpc as it was starting to look a little tired. My original idea of having the monitor so that it could be moved and added to a bracket in the passenger footwell was fine, but in reality just didnt get used much. So I decided I would prefer the monitor to look sleeker rather than looking like it had just been pushed into a hole. Originally it looked like this...
So I took it out, along with the facia. I took the monitor apart and lined up the front of the casing with the customised facia. The buttons from the monitor were still needed so I had to incorporate them into the design. After bonding the facia and monitor casing together...
I filled out the joins and sanded it down...
Before VERY carefully drilling out the holes for the buttons....
And finally primed and painted it...
Before putting it all back together again...
It'll be put back in the car tomorrow and I'll add a final pic once it's in and working.
Next month I plan to upgrade all the pc components, so watch this space :wink:
Nice job on the monitor install. Looks good!
Really awesome work:rock:, I'll be starting my 2005 Montero/Pajero/Shogun whatever you call it in the UK.. Though I will attempting to integrate EvoScan to monitor all things OBD.
That looks the testicles!! out of curiosity, I see your in the UK, what satnav software do you use?
You won't do any harm to your solar panel, keeping it connected all the time, so no problem mate.
Hi Al. I thought I might see you on here :)
I've just set up a touchscreen and laptop in my dining room to evaluate for a few months before taking the plunge and installing it, omehow