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Using a smartphone as a display

Discussion in 'Night Vision Optics and Illumination' started by Alex.mc, Feb 5, 2014.

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    Alex.mc Busy Member

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    Apologies if this has been covered already.

    Most smartphones at the upper end have "HD" displays My own HTC One X is 720p, and is frankly brilliant!
    The problem appears to be that manufacturers lock-down a lot of access to features and hardware within their phones? Partly because they don't want people messing with them, partly because they are protecting their technology, and partly I am sure because they want you to buy their next phone rather than extend functionality on yours?

    A lot of hacking of smart phone functionality revolves around "rooting" your phone, replacing the basic software with an unlocked version. There are risks with this, you could end up with a bricked phone(as in a dead lump of phone). But many phones are capable of being rooted or jailbroken.
    I'm not sure I want to do that with my current phone though! However, when my contract is up and I upgrade I might consider tinkering.

    Has anyone gone down this route?
    I have looked online, and it seems it's relatively easy to mirror the imagery on your phone to another monitor or TV, but there is no mention of sending a live feed from a camera to your phone?

    I have an older smartphone, I am tempted to disassemble it a little and see if I can see an IR filter over the camera lens? I may have to ask the missus though as my colour blindness isn't good with pale pink! Lol!

    Any thoughts?
     
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    I can remember someone posting that they had done this, might be 6 months ago? I haven't noticed anything since.
    As far as I know all the phones/tablets etc can output video feeds but there is no facility for them to have such an input although it might be feasible to hack the device to accept it via the usb port although this is not going to be an easy thing to do.
     
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    I have asked the question in a basic manner on XDA Developers forum. Those guys are good, but tend to be a bit technical with their answers! I'm sure someone on there knows exactly how to do it in a very clever way, but it will probably involve making up leads, rooting the phone, and writing code at high level and then creating an app for it!

    I have searched and seen quick answers regarding using USB webcams with smartphones, but they are usually negative along the lines of, the USB port on the phone enables video out but not in!
     
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    I'm afraid that there you have a pretty good summary of the situation.
     

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