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Attention: RC-CAM.com will be closing down August 2021.

The RC-Cam.com forum was the very first online community dedicated to the advancement of wireless video cameras on radio controlled (R/C) models. This is now called "FPV" (First Person View). We are proud of the contributions that our members have made to the FPV hobby.

We've seen significant changes over the last twenty years. Initially there were a lot of eager R/C hobbyist that built their own video systems. Allowing these creative individuals to share their work was the purpose of this site. Now the FPV market is flooded with low cost systems; Sadly DiY FPV video projects are now rarely discussed.

RC-CAM.com (main site and forum) will be closing down August 2021. This is being announced now (March 2021) so that everyone has time to download any information that is important to them. After the site is shutdown the information will no longer be available here.

We appreciate every member's involvement with advancing the FPV hobby. It is indeed sad to say goodbye to all our online friends. Be safe and stay healthy.

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I've been following the hacks to Wild Planet's Spy Video Car. This $99 toy is sold in the USA at discount stores such as Target and Walmart. I suspect it is available in other countries too. The cool thing is that it has a RF video link and a B/W monocular head-mounted display. The video Tx/Rx can support color too (but the provided camera and display is strictly B/W).


If you are thinking like me, this thing is begging to be hacked. Although it would never become a high-end wireless video solution, there are plenty of good opportunities for it.

If a R/C spy car does not get you excited, then maybe this will. Wild Planet sells the head mounted display as a spare part for $20 USD. Feed it composite video and power and it will work with other video sources. Sadly, the hacking community found out about this and so they are sold out for now. But, they will allow you to put your name on a waiting list.


To get your hacking juices flowing, start with this: http://jakeofalltrades.wordpress.com/2007/...ounted-display/


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I bought one today from Target for $99. Here are my findings:

Nicely made toy. Hardest part about using it is getting it out of the box.

As the jakeofalltrades link mentioned, the camera and goggles are definitely set to PAL. For NTSC goggle use, that site shows the required mod (I did not try it).

According to the FCC filing, the Video link is set to 2414GHz. I saw jumpers on the A/V module PCBs that suggested four frequencies were possible. I did not try hacking the A/V system to see if the other RF channels were actually available. I did not experience any multipathing while driving around the room. The video link was very reliable. The camera's video quality was not too exciting.

The R/C Rx is a SuperRegen design on 49Mhz. It is not possible to operate more than one car at a time. The encoder/decoder is the popular TX2/RX2 chip set found in many dirt cheap Hong Kong R/C models. It has left/right, fwd/rev/stop.

Despite being made for kids, the headset fit me just fine. It will work with other video sources if you apply 4.5VDC to it, per the jakeofalltrades site. The monochrome goggle's image has reasonable resolution and I could clearly read the OSD text from my digital camera. However, I had a hard time maintaining eye focus over the entire image, especially over time.

More info is found here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spy_video_car

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