Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Cheap Head-Mounted Display

Jake Hildebrandt's investigate head-mounted display hack. He use a Spy Video Car with Night Vision from previous post.

So it’s 2007: shouldn’t there be more cyborgs? Well, for a mere $25.00 (or
less), you can be one big step closer to being one yourself. How so, you ask?
Click the following link to to find out!
A few months ago, the rather clever
folks at Wild Planet released a nifty (though rather clumsily named) little
“toy” called the “Spy Video Car”. I cannot stress enough how well engineered
this gadget is. For around $100 (much less on eBay), you get:

  • A nicely-styled motorised car base with decent-for-a-toy steering and an
    almost silent powertrain
  • A two-channel R/C set, also of decent-for-a-toy quality
  • A color capable video transmitter/receiver with a few hundred feet of range
  • A miniature B&W CCD video camera (similar to one of these)
  • A very bright 8mm IR LED and, best of all, a…
  • A video headset containing a Kopin 300M B&W LCD screen, optics,
    backlight, and a PAL/NTSC driver board

All guide you can find here

Friday, September 14, 2007

Spy your neighbours with MikroKopter (Quadrokopter)

Want to spy your neighbours? Just build MikroKopter.

Abilities of the MikroKopters

  • easily to fly (comparably with coaxial helicopter e.g. 47G)
  • Thrust is sufficient, in order to transport problem-free a camera (see videos)
  • very stable flight behavior
  • Steering wheel often commodity in the source code available (e.g. for own adjustment)
  • The MikroKopter possesses according to standard:
    • Gyroscopes (ENC-03) to stabilization
    • Acceleration sensors (LIS3L02) to the depth control
    • Pieper for signaling of receipt disturbance, undervoltage or as a detection assistance
    • Servo control with inclination compensation for video photographs (starting from V0.60)
    • 2 switching exits e.g. for LED lighting
  • optionally expandable with:
    • Air pressure sensor (MPX4115) for a Höhenregelung/- delimitation
    • electronic compass
    • Government inspection department module (uBlox)
    • wireless radio transmission
    • … (no borders are here put for the fantasy)

source here via makezine

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Remote Control Spy Video Car with Night Vision

Stealthy Watcher

It's night, but you are still at typing away. You are working late on some crazy new code which will revolutionize programming forever. Suddenly, your ninja senses tingle. Have I had too much caffeine, or is there someone else here? you wonder. No one must be allowed to steal your code. You ready your ninja weapons for an assault, but then pause: at the last office meeting you were chastised for your false-alarm ninja attacks on various objects in the kitchen. If only you could see in the dark and through walls…
Now, you can… with a little help. Just turn on your Spy Video Car, adjust the camera angle, turn on the night vision, put on the Heads Up Display (HUD) visor, and drive your way to the suspicious noise. That's right - this quiet R/C car has a video camera mounted on the front. It broadcasts to the black and white LCD HUD which plugs into the remote. You'll see everything your Spy Car sees (in bright light or in total darkness). And since it rides really low to the ground, you'll be able to go under tables, chair, pets, and anything else that gets in your way. And don't worry, it wasn't your ninja senses tingling this time; you really have had too much caffeine.

Spy Video Car

  • Includes: Spy Video Car, Remote Control, Heads Up Display, and Instructions
  • Car Dimensions: 9" X 7" X 4" (to top of camera in lowest position)
  • Batteries: 12 AA, not included (6 AA for car, 6 AA for remote)
  • R/C Frequency: 49.860 MHz
  • Range: 75 feet
  • Warranty: 90 day manufacturer's warranty (limited).

Thursday, May 31, 2007

Body Worn Spy Camera System

Here I find a body worn camera. It almost fits to my requirements for worn photo camera, but I could not understand why it's so expensive. Today 3Mp camera costs 7 times less.

DVR Specifications Capacity: 30 GB Hard Drive to store up to 40 Movies, 300 000 photos or 15 000 songs1

Display: 3.5'' TFT (320X240 pixels) 4/3, over 16 million colors

Video playback: MPEG-42 (ASP@L5 AVI, up to DVD resolution)
WMV (MP@ML, up to DVD resolution).
With optional software plug-ins:
- H.264 up to DVD resolution and AAC sound.
- MPEG-2 MP@ML up to 10 Mbps (up to DVD resolution) and AC3 stereo sound.

Audio playback**: Stereo MP3 decoding @ 30-320 Kbits/s CBR & VBR, WMA, Protected WMA, WAV (PCM/ADPCM).
With optional software plug-ins:
- AAC3 music files
- AC3 stereo sound files

Photo viewer: JPEG, BMP, PNG
Transfer directly your photos from a digital camera with the optional Docking adapter

PDF viewer: Reads PDF documents. May not implement all PDF features;

Video recording: Via the optional DVR Station: record in MPEG-4 SP with ADPCM stereo sound, resolution VGA (640x480) @ 30 or 25 f/s, in AVI format.

Audio recording: Voice recording through the built-in Microphone
Via the optional DVR travel adapter or DVR Station: stereo line-in, WAV (IMA ADPCM or PCM) format.

Interfaces: USB 2.0 High-Speed Device (compatible USB 1.1): Mass Storage class (MSC) and Media Transport Protocol (MTP).
USB 2.0 Host : Mass Storage class (MSC) and Picture Transfer Protocol (PTP) (with optional docking adapter).

Connections: 3.5 mm stereo headphone mini-jack and TV output (AV cable sold separately).
Dedicated connectors to connect optional adapters and DVR station.

Battery life Music playback time: up to 12 hours5.
Video playback time: up to 4 hours5 on built-in LCD

Power source: Internal: Lithium-Ion Polymer battery.
External: charges via computer USB port, or faster with the optional docking adapter or DVR Station.

Scalability: Download firmware updates available

Dimensions & weight: Approx. 100 x 78 x 15 mm – 3.9” x 3” x 0.59”
Approx. 190 gr. - 6.75 oz

Package includes: DVR, headphones, dedicated USB 2.0 cable, DVR station adapter, pouch, QSG, legal and safety notice.

Minimum system requirements: For PC: Windows ME, 2000, XP, Media Center; Macintosh®: OS X or higher (with USB Mass Storage Class support), Linux (with mass storage device support), USB port.
For PlaysForSureTM video and subscription services: PC with Windows® XP SP 2 or higher, Windows® Media Player 10 or higher, USB 2.0 port.

Monday, May 28, 2007

Idea of super spy camera

Spies are not born, spies become.

Very often it would be desirable to take a photograph of somebody or something but to make it in opened happens inconveniently, happens it is forbidden. I have a not small 8x zoom camera, so it is very difficult to use it imperceptibly. Reflecting above those problem, the idea of creation spy mega camera was born. The idea consists in division of the camera on 3 (or more) parts: an objective, the screen and the shutter button.

An objective, in itself, even at ultra-zooms, compact enough, it is possible to hide in a hand, a cap or somewhere else.

Often, the attention involves not the camera, and not directed an objective, attention involves directed a sight of the person how tries to make a picture. Accordingly, it is necessary to make that the photographer during the moment of shooting do not look at a photographed object. Thus, the screen of the camera, should be not simply rotary. It should be demountable and mobile. That, for example, it was possible to hold an objective in one hand, and the screen to hold in another.

Well and, at last, the shutter button. It too should be mobile. It is possible to combine with the screen, but it is better to make it not dependent. That the camera could be turn on remotely.