I've been thinking of how useful it would be to take any motorized digital camera and convert it into a remote camera. As long as you're willing to sacrifice the camera, button control is easy. Live video would either have to come off a a video output into a video converter or by (this would be a different project) hacking the LCD so it's LCD would output directly into a microcontroller for video digital transfer. You could still snap high res photos with the setup.
Now, the issue of post, has anyone actually designed a dummy SD or CF connection so that you could fake a memory card or just man in the middle it. The obvious reasoning behind this is being able to transmit the JPEG back to the base station without a recovery operation of the photo unit.
In theory I could do all this with a small PC, but that's the last thing I want to deal with. The hope is to strap this to something eventually, so small, specialized, and efficient are keys. The original idea that spawned this was hacking a Panazonic Lumix into a turret mounted camera system for a large UAV design.
Strange ideas, rambling technical thoughts
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