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So my brain got so drunk on boredom that it started to vomit ridiculous ideas until I felt like playing with one...

It doesn't look hard to build your own night vision camera from some spare parts and super strong infrared LED's. It seems like there are basic designs all over the inter-webs. The trick would be to design one that

http://lmgtfy.com/?q=DIY+night+vision+camera

1. Could mount safely in either your grill, bumper, or maybe in place of the Lane Departure Camera.

2. You would need seriously bright infrared LED's that would light up a decent distance in front of you.

http://lmgtfy.com/?q=super+bright+infrared+LED%27s

3. you would have to hack the Imid so that we could feed in the camera output on command.


I'm not on crack I swear! Any thoughts?
http://electronics.howstuffworks.com/gadgets/automotive/in-dash-night-vision-system3.htm
 

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I would be willing to sacrifice the Forward Collision Warning camera for something like this. It would be nice to hide the night camera away in the stock feature. A small camera could fit in their nicely for fairly cheap. Thats the easy part.

I guess if we wanted to sacrifice the blind spot camera as well, we could rewire the power and switch capabilities of the blind spot camera into the FCW location. This will allow us to bypass any "hacking" of the Imid system. We could simple press the button on our directional arm to turn the camera on when we needed it.

The next biggest hurdle would be to mount high powered infared LED's in the grill somewhere.

The blind spot camera isnt exactly crystal clean, whats the weakest link.... The camera itself, or the screen display?
 

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This would only be viable if the screen is directly in front of the driver.

Having to look over to the i-MID screen would not be a good solution and be even be a distraction.
 

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Fair point
 

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Unfortunately, the amount of IR required to be useful in a vehicle is prohibitively expensive. Guys buy equipment that does this for hunting, and it's a few hundred bucks for a "flood" IR light....far cry from the cheapo ebay LED's.

The stuff you see for cheap is really only good for home surveillance (~10 ft distance). In a car, that's not very helpful.
 
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