Re: Do-it-yourself CCTV
- From: "The Elf" <inthaneelf@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- To: <programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sat, 7 Nov 2009 14:09:29 -0800
your not nuts, all a "CCTV" is; is a slightly modified laboratory optical magnifier, the only thing you will probably have any trouble with is finding a mount that uses a sliding table to put it on, and things can be made, that used to be my job before I lost my sight, grins.
you could also undoubtedly mount it on the underside of a "reading light" using a florescent bulb, to provide the hi intensity light to make the text more contrasted. and that would cost you only a small amount of money.
I'd go for it, I had thought about this from time to time myself, my only ill thought was the expense of marketing the thing for profit, not the cost of the unit itself...
I'm still trying to find my "pet rock" that one idea that can make me enough so I can get off SSA and live decently.
if you want any further assistance with designing of hardware just let me know and I'll see what I can cook up or find that can be adapted.
the elf proprietor, The Grab Bag, for blind computer users and programmers http://grabbag.alacorncomputer.com Owner: Alacorn Computer Enterprises "own the might and majesty of a Alacorn!" www.alacorncomputer.com----- Original Message ----- From: "Paul Martz" <pmartz@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> Sent: Saturday, November 07, 2009 10:38 AM Subject: Do-it-yourself CCTV
Hi all --I have been partially sighted due to RP for a number of years and am now at the point where I need to buy a CCTV because normal size print is just out of the question.I'm considering the SmartView Graduate. If you're not familiar with it, it is simply a camera on a stand, and it hooks up to your computer for display. I really like this, as it doesn't require its own dedicated monitor and it's very portable.But here's my problem. The camera has a resolution of 640x480 pixels, which produces a noticeably blurry image when displayed on my 24" monitor (maybe I'm just not blind enough yet, ha ha). Considering that the system sells for a retail price of about $2300, I would've expected better resolution than 640x480.Interestingly, I see that consumer grade HD camcorders with a resolution of 1024x720 are readily available at Best Buy for under $200. This started me thinking about how I might be able to make my own high resolution CCTV. I figure there are basically four components: the software to display the image, the stand to hold the camcorder, the camcorder itself, and the optical system.The software component is not an issue. I'm a professional software developer and can slap this together easily. For the stand, there should be some kind of off the shelf solution. I don't think I would need to make my own. The camcorder can also easily be purchased off the shelf. This leaves the optics as the last component. It's likely that a consumer grade camcorder simply lacks the optics required to make it useful as a CCTV. So I might need to purchase a higher-end camcorder or at least one with a swappable lens system.It seems like I ought to be able to do this for a total out of pocket cost under $500, and the real cost would be my own time spent writing the software, debugging, and optimizing the system.So that's a summary of my limited thinking about this project so far. Has anyone attempted something like this? We're all programmers here, so maybe someone else has some ideas about how to make this work? Or am I nuts and I should just shell out the $2300?Thanks, -Paul __________View the list's information and change your settings at http://www.freelists.org/list/programmingblind
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- Do-it-yourself CCTV
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- Do-it-yourself CCTV