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    cam software

    I was thinking about the whole back-up cam bit, and got to wondering if anyone was aware of any program that would intialize the webcam software automatically when the car was shifted into reverse? Perhaps somehow tap into the switch that activates the reverse lights... I'm sure that the cam software could be set to always open on top of whatever may be onscreen. Seems like it would be handy to automate that..... any ideas?

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    Hey..

    I mounted an X10 cam into my trunk keylock (took the lock out ofcourse) and to have the reverse functionality I tapped into the reverse lights, hooked that up as the trigger to a relay and connected the RCA input of my LCD to the cam rather than to the computer. The output of my cam is split, so it also went to the computer input if I ever needed to record from it or whatever. This may not be feasible for you, if you have a VGA screen or just don't feel like doing it like this, but I found this to be the quickest/most effecient way of doing it (computer not having to be on, such as when I just turn on the car and start reversing out of my driveway).. Hope this helps!

    Jason

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    Question

    Originally posted by infrared
    Hey..

    I mounted an X10 cam into my trunk keylock (took the lock out ofcourse)
    Jason
    Just out of curiosity, how do you keep your trunk closed, and arent you worried about people breaking into your car? Do you have your computer in your trunk? I must be missing something here.........Hopefully you don't just have a bungee cord holding your trunk to your bumper! Good idea to mount a camera though.

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    Hm.. The trunk still closes and locks and everything like it should, the only thing is the keylock is gone meaning I cannot open it with my key and the camera is in there instead. People can't even tell there is a camera in there. I suppose peopel could push the camera into the trunk and then try to pop the trunk, but it'd be kinda hard.. The computer is in the trunk, but as I said before, it's pretty safe. I open the trunk from inside now and everything works perfectly.. I have pics at http://www.prism.gatech.edu/~gtg385b

    Jason

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