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
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