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Old May 9, 2007, 3:44 PM   #1
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Hey guys, I'm working on an aluminum/plexiglass housing to replace the case on an aiptek IS-DV2. I just finished building my computer controlled milling machine, so I can easily fabricate the parts for other people later on.

Would there be any interest in a kit for making your own robust mpeg cam? I'm hoping to have my prototype built for some test dives next week.

I'm using 1/4" plexiglass and 1/4" aluminum for now. Later on I will probably cut the body out of a block of aluminum and a 1/4" panel.
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Old May 11, 2007, 12:42 AM   #2
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This sounds like a worthy and ambitious project. Bear in mind that the Oregon Scientific ATC-2000 is waterproof down to 10 feet. It's performance may not be as good as a typical hybrid, but I imagine it would cost less than you could sell custom waterproof cases for. Unless, of course, you're doing it for fun. Will be interested to see what you come up with.
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The goal is 100-150 ft+ for this one. I'm into wreck diving - my biggest concern is actually the low light performance. I've got most of the design in my head, but right now I'm trying to figure out a good way to build the switch controls.
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Old Jun 14, 2007, 2:19 PM   #4
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The goal is 100-150 ft+ for this one. I'm into wreck diving - my biggest concern is actually the low light performance. I've got most of the design in my head, but right now I'm trying to figure out a good way to build the switch controls.
Use a MDV CB at 720x480 at 30fps WITH a HIGH SPEED SD card!!! Use a diving floodlight on your head and put the remote control AND camera into seal a meal bags! IR won't pass through glass but plastic it may. If not you can put it in the same bag with the camera and seal it. Just set it up to bounce the beam into the sensor. tiny piece of foil or something.

Heck, flip the view finder over, shut it plug in and seal the camera in the bag for that matter! If you get optical distortion just use a good waterpfoof bullet cam with night illumnation.

Take it step furthure and get a small 10 amp alarm battery sealed up tol run camera and lights longer than your air will last! Seal the leads with silicone and there you go... a disposable waterproof camera housing! You could run the camera off a USB port if you are any good with making things. Cell phone 12 volt adapters are putting out 3.2 volts. Cut into a usb cable and using the correct leads you're in business.

Seal up everything with silicon. Turning off the auto shut off will keep camera on if remote doesn't turn on and off. Power is no longet a problem. Designed right you can make it so you never have to take the camera out of the bag. Unless powering down means having to actually hit the push botton. in that case you need to figure out a way around that.

Let me know what you think of this "disposable" camera case!
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