My latest WOW find from China/Ebay is a tiny digital video camera/recorder for ~$40. Keychain car remote-sized, they call it a "spy" unit,·
and there are tons of uses. Stick one on your robot for a POV cam. Acts like a flashdrive, USB hookup. Records nice quality audio & video, 640x480, 30 FPS, also takes digital stills at 1280x960. Rechargeable built-in·
4 GB memory will record ~1 hour of video! So tiny that you really can mount it anywhere with foam tape, weighs just 16 grams. Friggin' amazing.
My sample videos:
indoor light level
Sept·3 Edit: Recommend you ONLY look for 4 GB cameras that have a CCD sensor (NOT CMOS) and 30 FPS. There are cheaper 8 GB cameras using CMOS sensors that shoot 15 FPS and the picture and audio is poor quality. These will shoot longer duration·video,·but are suitable only for a fixed location camera. Moving them around gives a blurry smear of an image.
·"If you build it, they will come."
Post Edited (erco) : 9/3/2009 1:59:37 AM GMT
"When you make a thing, a thing that is new, it is so complicated making it that it is bound to be ugly. But those that make it after you, they don’t have to worry about making it. And they can make it pretty, and so everybody can like it when others make it after you."
- Pablo Picasso