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Join Date: Jul 1999
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|Originally posted by JShort:
There is another way -- it's crude, but very easy to set up and less than $100 to implement.
X-10 sells a combined camera (w/ pitiful microphone) and 2.4 gigahertz transmitter unit + a separate 2.4 gigahertz receiver (w/ video/audio jacks) that sells for less than $100. I played with a guy's from work, and here are my observations:
1. Very easy to set up -- it took less than 2 minutes to plug both ends in + another 2 minutes to figure out how to correctly aim the funny little squarish antennas. The receiver end had normal phono jacks (like a camcorder audio/video out). Both ends have wall-wart power packs and require 110 VAC (or battery packs for appropriate DC voltage requirements).
2. Image was color, but poor. His unit had a bad pixel and resolution seemed to be about 240 x 180 (very rough est., but not as good as VHS EP -- 6 hour tapes).
3. Focus (not adjustable) seemed to work for both far away and relatively close up -- seems like the camera must have a small aperature?
4. Interesting technology, and an incredible bang for the buck. However, I didn't feel the need to use one in my home! If you hang one by the front door you would probably need a $150 housing to put it in and then have some way to provide it power.
5. Something similar could great as a baby monitor, but the camera would need a higher gain image pickup (low light sensitivity was not too great with this model). I know high gain image CCD's exist, but not sure of the cost, and not sure if they can be purchased in an integrated package w/ sender and receiver.