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Door Peephole LCD Monitor Project. How-To & Ideas? Answered

This is the premise of my project: To mount a webcam to a peephole that will display the video feed to an external monitor. I am in a dorm room at college and my desk is far from the door. It would convenient to see who is knocking without getting up - and to see if someone really is knocking. (Since the doors are close together a neighbor's knock can often be misinterpreted.)

I have sufficient electrical engineering skills to carry out the project. But I was looking for insight on how I could potentially wire a spare USB (UVC) Webcam to a display. My intention is to use one of the several spare laptop LCDs I have and mount it in a convenient position. 

The project by no means needs to be wireless unless using an A/V Transceiver offers simple integration. If anyone knows of a medium I can use to directly pass the video signal from the camera to the display without use of a motherboard, please let me know.

~*~ANY ideas on the matter are greatly appreciated and I thank you all in advance for any help you may have on the matter ~*~

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Hasold (author)2012-10-22

Interesing solution. You can try to find out suitable screnn here http://weblcd.com/

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bwrussell (author)2012-10-02

frollard is right. look up the laptop to tablet conversion on this site. You can leave out the touch screen stuff and all that but it does show how to mount the screen facing out on the body. Give it a nice little frame and no one will know the laptop is still attached.

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frollard (author)2012-10-02

If you plan to use the laptop monitor, keep the laptop attached to it; driving the LCD is a bigger project than the rest combined.

usb for a webcam can be extended several meters with cheap usb male>female cords. I have 3 3m usb cords that the video signal easily passes from an old webcam.

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