Any ideas on how to set up DIY streaming video monitor of rear-facing baby in back seat carrier in a car?
Baby cries while I'm driving. I want practical way to see what's going on with the baby without having to stop the car.
I donít need super HD; also prefer not to be dependent on IP system (thus the wires). I also want to plug into the car's AC power supply.
Hereís my fantasy product (decidedly & purposefully low-tech):
1. Analog or digital camera pointed at baby (Iíll figure out how to harness the camera).
2. Video-only signal transmission wire from camera to small, dedicated LCD display in driver compartment (7Ē
or less is sufficient). Wonder if it could be something simpler than an RCA cable?
3. AC wire from LCD display to car power source (USB or cigarette lighter?)
Also wondering if the signal transmission wire from camera to display can also serve as a power source for the camera?
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Just get a reversing camera and a small lcd screen kit from ebay ... easy to setup.
Just Google "child back seat car camera" and you'll see ideas.
I'm also pretty sure I smell SPAM cooking.....not sure.
Thanks, but what about a power source for the camera that's situated in the car's back compartment? I don't want a battery powered device to quit on me & needs re-charging. This is why I'm thinking of a cable that connects to the front display, that both transmits video data and draws power .... if such a camera-to-display power/data exchange "technology" exists.
Hech54, this isn't spam. I'm a newbie that doesn't know much about cc streaming video & is seeking suggestions for a solution to a practical issue. Can anyone refer me to a member on this site who might be a good resource?
A cheap way to see the baby in the back seat while you are driving, that is easy to set up, cable and power.
How about a wireless, battery-less solution. Angle the rear view mirror so you can see the back seat. Problem solved.
Such a proposed video setup would be illegal in many if not all US states and some foreign countries too. It has to do with the driver being distracted.
I suppose I can mention that somehow parents coped for many decades with this exact same situation without a video feed.
I am also going to mention the legality of video use by a driver.
We used to drive by the outside mirrors and use the inside mirror to monitor the baby.
There are already too many problems with drivers who are not keeping their eyes on the road. We do not need to add to the problem. The first priority is to keep the backseat baby safe by having an undistracted driver at the wheel.
Want to know why the baby is crying? Because he/she is bored from being strapped in a car seat. Babies cry; that's what they do. They won't die from crying. Eventually, the child will cry itself out and fall asleep.
Of course, they may be crying because their diaper is dirty. But you won't need a camera to detect that. Just follow your nose.
Save your money.
edit: OTOH, in a car with backup camera and a display on the dash, adding an extra plug or even a permamnently mounted little camera in the rear headrest could be a money-making feature for a car manufacturer. DIBS!
Last edited by smrpix; 12th Sep 2013 at 10:45.
When my kids were little we had a mirror attatched to the back window with a suction cup. Then if we needed to check on the kiddo we could just glance in the rearview mirror and see the little ones reflection in the other mirror. Low tech and it worked.
very much like the one smrpix posted.
Freebird ~ I've seen the mirrors ... very hit & miss. Not great, especially at night. I'm inclined towards a wired system that connects a very simple video camera to a simple LED display; powered up front (USB or cig. lighter adaptor). People are buying into "wireless is better" lock stock and barrel .... however ..... take a look at what's being said about the effect of Wifi radiation on the developing brains of small children. Those IP/WiFi bedroom baby monitors are not healthy. http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/get-those-wireless-baby-monitors-out-of-the-nur...comment-146390
[QUOTE=25blue;2266674 take a look at what's being said about the effect of Wifi radiation on the developing brains of small children.[/QUOTE]
That's why we give them tinfoil swaddling hats.