the author writes: The idea for this hack came from articles circling the internet about a homemade cable that allows you to transfer data from your “one time use” CVS Digital Camcorder to computer, effectively making it a fully functional digital camcorder. Well, I decided to take a step further for a couple of reasons. One, I didn’t own or have access to a Palm m100 or Palm III cable (and no store in town sells the outdated cables) that I could hack apart. Two, I didn’t want to have to lug a butchered cable around with me if I wanted to connect my camera to my laptop or another computer. So, I decided to add a USB port to my CVS Cam.
Everett Bradford wrote this article on how to hack a CVS camcorder and transform it into an underwater CVS Camcorder. I can’t find a real everyday use for this project, but if its fun to work on it, why not do it.
Underwater CVS Camcorder: [Link]
1. RE-USE THE CAM First it had to have USB added to take videos off. I prefer to do this by sticking a male connector right out of the side of the camera instead of a port.
2. MAKE IT INFRARED Then the infrared filter was removed. I found instructions somewhere on the camerahacks forum for doing this; it’s extremely easy. You unscrew the lens on the ccd and use a knife blade to pry the infrared filter out, then screw the main lens back on (to the exact same spot it was at originally to maintain focus). Now the camera can see in infrared light (and visible light, but with night vision you want anything you can get). All you need to be night vision is an illuminator. This is wicked easy to do with IR LED’s.
this is a simplified version of what the author writes about this project, as you can see there are 2 main aspects of this project.
CVS Camcorder based night vision: [Via]