Now this is cool. I've used convex mirror attachments on my stock mirrors so that I can see better behind me, rather than just my arms. Doesn't work too bad for 5 bucks, but this would be much cooler. Two questions:
1. where would you mount the monitor
2. how wide is the angle capture
Would be neat if you can take out the mirrors completely.
That's cool...although it would probably be stolen in 2 seconds.
The width of view is set by the focal length of the lens. The shorter the number the more the angle of coverage. Angle of coverage is set by the focal length compared to the width of the image sensor. If you check the camer specs you'll probably find a coverage angle spec to go by so you don't have to dig out the trig stuff to calculate it. Few, if any, small one piece board cams come with interchangeable lenses so getting the right one at first is important. Also watch out for the light sensitivity. If it's a pinhole lens or small aperature with an insensitive sensor you may be looking at nothing but snow on the screen at night.
My own feelings are that this is fun to think about but would be questionable for the street if it does not have the same coverage and flexibility as mirrors. It's dangerous enough out there without making it harder to see what's going on. Done right there's no disadvantage over mirrors but it would take some careful and perhaps expensive parts swapping to get it right.
A backyard mechanic without a service manual is just like a hooker without a lamp pole.... they are both in the dark.
I'm going to get a DVD screen going on my bike...
Good idea. You can watch porn while stuck in traffic on the causeway.
Ah yes...can't ever get sick of pr0n...
something else to consider is that mirrors have no delay. average LCDs have a refresh rate of 25ms - i dont know what other lag time there is between the camera recording images and displaying it on the LCD.
I considered one of these a couple of years ago when I saw one at Imperial Motorcycles. One of the mechanics was fabricating these with parts from Radio Shack installed for around $500. As cool as it seems, it has extremely limited practical use...
Have you ever tried to look at a laptop screen outside even on a cloudy day. You can barely make out the content on the screen. Same deal with these things as they use LCD technology.
You can only see what's going on after dark. Hardly useful, IMO.
It would be cool as bling only .....maybe display a moving map, GPS locator, etc...location to nearest Starbux .....