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Monday
Feb242014

Using a Mobius Camera and some accessories to make my ideal Dash-Cam

It has been a while since I reviewed the excellent Mobius Camera so it is time for an update. In the months since I made my review, the popular little camera has received numerous firmware updates and now has additional features including Motion Detection, it is now supported by Mac as well as Online and PC configuration apps and numerous accessories (as well as a waterproof case due any day now).  In this video I demonstrate a few of these accessories.

I'm always looking for the most discrete (hidden) dash-cam available on the market, and by combining my existing Mobius with a few accessories, I think I've managed to get nearer than any manufacturer has, to creating my ideal dash-cam. It's not a perfect set-up, but hopefully it will give dashcam designers something to think about when planning their future models.

Many people get in touch with me looking for a dashcam with a central recording unit attached by a cable to a tiny lens..and whilst there are a few low definition cameras like this on the market I haven't seen any models that I would recommend. If I can put one together myself...I don't see why a manufacturer couldn't make one with two small HD cameras attached by wires to a single recorder. If you are a manufacturer and you have a device like this that you'd like to show to the world, you know where I am. 

All the accessories and the camera can be purchased in the UK at Joovuu

The camera and some accessories can also be purchased on ebay direct from the Manufacturer in China.

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Reader Comments (113)

Here is how I did this in my car. Front and rear one (kinda).

http://imgur.com/a/UfFGK

February 25, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterHrabroslav

Good post and an excellent camera to do this with! I bought from dx.com a 12v to mini USB adaptor cable and wired that in to the courtesy light switched positive to avoid having to run a cable around the car. Beware on Joovuu T&C's which only give you 30 days to return faulty products. Sharp practice and they are not abiding with the sale of goods act!! Breaks after 30 days and you're stuck with it.

February 25, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDavid Plumb

Hrabroslav, great work. I haven't finished with the instal part for mine, but I won't be cutting into anything....the car is still under warranty. I just wanted to demonstrate the basics, then it's up to people to tailor this to fit their own specific car and needs.

February 25, 2014 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Hi Mat, you always come up with these brilliant ideas, I love these simple but effective add-ons. I am a confirmed Mobius camera fan, as I have two currently, so demonstrating there are other options to these is intriguing.

The only other comment I would make is why not make the camera lens lead a lot longer. Long enough perhaps to have the recorder near the foot well or perhaps under the passenger seat, because really once the cam is set up, you won't really need to get to it that often. This might prove alot neater, with the main box hidden from view.

Again thanks for listening.

Daz

February 25, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDaz

Thanks for that Matt. Really useful to see fitting the lens.

I am thinking about doing much the same (albeit with wiring to the interior light with one of these.
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/130978707059

Glad to see that it works well.

February 25, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterVoyager03

@Techmoan: I actually bought extra piece of that plastic I cut into from a crashed car for 5€ so there's no problem if I'll be selling my car in the future. But I understand that for your purpose of reviewing and showing an example of how to use it, hacking away in your car isn't really an option. I just wanted to expand your article so viewers can see that it can be done neatly and almost OEM like.

@Daz I believe there are options for 5cm, 10cm and 20cm long extensions. And if I'm not mistaken, longer cables wouldn't work as there would be too much power loss and interference as raw image data streams from camera modules are quite delicate.

February 25, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterHrabroslav

@Hrabroslav

Very nice installation.

February 25, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterruss331

Where did you buy the capacitor and the wide angle lens?

February 25, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterterry

As Matt states in his text you can buy those at Joovuu, for example https://joovuu.com/gb/accessories-for-the-mobius/95-mobius-super-capacitor-.html

February 25, 2014 | Unregistered Commenteraviva

Thanks for the link. Would be great if someone designed a small waterproof case for the lens unit. What is the maximum length of intermediate cable? Could they make a 2 metre shielded cable? Then the lens could be mounted in the front grille of the car and the main unit inside the car.

February 25, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterterry

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