Friday, July 10, 2015

Dash-cam / Black-box

Since my new Tesla is by no means a cheap car (and since I'm not made of money), coupled with the enormous proportion of moron drivers, getting a good security camera / event recorder is a must.

Besides, I've wanted one of these since the first time I saw them in Korea years ago. There, they are called "black box" - a bit of Konglish. We are so SLOW here in the U.S. market for electronics, by the way, but I digress.

I opted for a dual-camera solution from the Korean company, Pittasoft, called Blackvue 650:

The front camera just sticks in the front windshield, behind the rear-view mirror. It records full HD video to a removable micro-SD memory card.

The rear camera just sticks in the back window, and connects with the front camera via a small coaxial cable (you can see the power and coaxial cables in the picture to the right).

If you want to pull video off the camera, you can simply copy it to your phone via the internal WiFi it provides, or you can remove the memory card.

I'll also be implementing a "Power Magic PRO" which will allow me to run the camera even while the car is parked, without draining the battery. That should come in handy if anyone decides to be a vandal or a negligent shopping cart user. Also, the camera will sense movement and start recording if any is detected.

I do plan on following one of the well-known blog posts detailing how to install this in a Tesla, though I'm not sure yet which one I'll follow:

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