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    Default Desktop rover alternatives

    Hi I am new to the forums, but not to the site, Ive been surfing around this site for a while and just decided to post on the forums to ask you guys if you knew anything about this subject...

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    I have been in the market for something which i can attach a camera to and move around my whole house while watching its eyes from my TV. I thought that the Desktop Rover ( http://www.plantraco.com/product_dtr.html ) was the perfect solution until i discovered it had a battery life of about 100 minutes, and that their batteries were REALLY expensive. I found the wireless camera ( http://www.plantraco.com/product_ptv16.html ), which the same company provides to be very cool, but if anyone has any better sugestions for a camera exactly like that... please help me out

    I was wondering if anyone knows of any alternatives to the Desktop Rover...I am not looking for something that small, but the remote range must be pretty far so it can cruise all around my home with a camera attached to it...
    Thank you very much, I hope to find many suggestions

    Regards,
    Mark

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    Default Re: Desktop rover alternatives

    Mark,

    The camera that you specified uses a CMOS sensor. I would stay clear of them if you can as they do not perform well especially in poor lighting conditions (i.e indoors). CMOS is often referred to as Can't Make Out S*** !!

    I am not sure what country you are from but in the UK, you can purchase very small camera transmitters. You could then by a small sensitive CCD board camera and connect both to a battery of your choice. An example of one transmitter in the UK is available from Maplin http://www.maplin.co.uk/Module.aspx?...dID=&doy=10m11

    Obviously you would need the receiver to connect to your TV.

    I would also do a google and search for "miniature surveillance camera transmitter" to see what you can find.

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    Default Re: Desktop rover alternatives

    How about Desktop Rover alternatives though?

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    Default Re: Desktop rover alternatives

    Buy an RC car or tank even better get a petrol RC truck and zoom around :lol:

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