Can you run a webcam directly from a hard drive with no computer? see my details for more info...
I want to run a webcam in my car for recording video while I drive. I was wondering is it possible to power a hardrive on 12V DC and have it interface with the webcam [for video storage, mainly].
I was toying with the idea since I saw a company that makes vehicle cameras for recording accidents [http://www.drivecam.com/.
The drivecam device is powered by the vehicles 12V electrical system and stores video to a flash drive contained inside the housing, can this be re-engineered with a hard drive instead?
I know I could use a mini PC but I wanted [if possible] to make it small enough to maybe fit on the windshield like the drivecam does or even the dashboard.
I would just buy a drivecam but they do not sell them retail, just fleets and such, and they are really $$.
I looked at powering the HDD through a USB 2.0 to IDE adapter, and I think I can get it to power up using the 2 USB pins for power and the other 2 would be for data, but how to get the 2 to communicate with each other???