BMW E30 install with night vision
Evening all, finally got my install up and working after about 6 months, here are a few pics. The car is a 1990 BMW 318is. It's based on my old PII 400, running off an inverter. I went for a removable screen setup as there isn't much room to mount a screen permanently, and designed my own bracket on CAD.
Screen and phone in position. Custom bracket rapid prototyped from CAD model. MK2 w slide in power connection coming soon (and painted black!)
USB2 hub w PS2 ports at bottom, stereo on. System turned on by OEM buttons to left of hazard switch.
PC and invertor in boot. Yes, this is a mess. Note attractive pine case for panel beaten ATX case.
http://members.lycos.co.uk/jamcamchap/pc in boot.jpg
USB2 webcam and trust micro optical mouse (great) in use
The night vision :) IR webcam, wired up to USB lead in engine bay.
http://members.lycos.co.uk/jamcamchap/infra red cam.jpg
Software - Runs all these at the same time pretty easily, and boots in around 40 seconds. Much better than I expected.
Windows media player
BMW parts catalogue - now the pc is done I need to spend money on things like this :/
USB2 webcam in action
(also missing pic of Autoroute in action)
The great Mediacar :)
I have a video of the night vision in action which i'll put up soon, but it's 66MB at the moment and I have dial up :( The plan is to add 2x10 IR LED arrays that I have waiting. The IR works great, 30fps, but needs more IR illumination to work well on the car.
***here's the vid: http://members.lycos.co.uk/jamcamcha...vis test 1.avi
It's in divX, using latest version of Dr DivX
Right click and save as. It's 40 seconds and 1.7MB.
I will be experimenting more with the IR camera, but it was very strange just driving via the screen :p It was absolutely pitch black apart from the screen glow, and it did work. So am I the first person on mp3car to have night vision???! Please say yes :D
Couple of other things to add soon:
Scroll wheel in console by window buttons
get 848x480 to work properly
get bluetooth dongle to work to give internet connection
Thanks for all the help and advice form this site, I'm sure it would have been another 6 months til it was sorted without seeing everyone elses work. I am now loving my car PC :D