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Is it possible to mirror a phone to an old monitor that i just found at the garage? Answered

So, i work with small items that need magnification, i want to use my phone's camera to zoom in on the piece with a magnifier app while being able to view it on a screen while working.

Is it possible to do it? If so, what will i need to make a DIY prototype of this? What are the parts that are required to pull this off? The materials i have are my smartphone and an old car display monitor(just the monitor). 

Any ideas?? 

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rickharris
rickharris

4 years ago

Don't know about attaching smart phone (OF UNKNOWN KIND) to monitor (OF UNKNOWN KIND).

Most people just take photographs and then upload to a pc

if you want to monitor what your looking at on a larger screen you may be better off investing a few pounds in a USB microscope and using a regular PC to monitor.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Koolertron-Microscope-Mag...

several on Amazon

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kenrickrco
kenrickrco

Answer 4 years ago

Any android smartphone. Also, is there any camera types that is not that big that can magnify and is clear(HD) that can be attached to a monitor?

I was kind of planning the camera would be abit above the workpiece so there is room to work on the small piece.

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ThirdEarthDesign
ThirdEarthDesign

Answer 4 years ago

Some android phones support the MHL standard, which allows you to connect the smartphone to a TV/monitor via a MHL to HDMI cable/adapter. Support for this depends on the manufacturer / model of the phone.

The biggest issue here may be the old car display/monitor, and what kind of connectivity it has.

See here for an example of a MHL adapter: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Android-MHL-Micro-HDMI-Ad...

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kenrickrco
kenrickrco

Answer 4 years ago

Unfortunately, i want the screen to be abit small just like a tablet so that it won't take too much space in the workspace. I'm not sure if there are small screens with HDMI ports?

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kenrickrco
kenrickrco

Answer 4 years ago

Also, can the raspberry PI camera be zoomed??

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ThirdEarthDesign
ThirdEarthDesign

Answer 4 years ago

It could be zoomed digitally (using software), but you can also change the lens on the PiCamera. Google Pi Camera Lens to see some examples. Pimoroni also stock this 12x zoom telephoto lens, though you may have some difficulty finding a variable zoom lens.

As for viewing on a SmartPhone, this is probably possibe using a remote viewer such as VNC, but I've not used it personally.

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kenrickrco
kenrickrco

Answer 4 years ago

also, by "zoomed gitially (using software)" what do you mean by this??

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kenrickrco
kenrickrco

Answer 4 years ago

This looks promising! btw, i sent you a message :)

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kenrickrco
kenrickrco

Answer 4 years ago

oh. i heard about this. is it possible to buy the piCamera and use a smartphone for viewing????

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-max-

Answer 4 years ago

Some phones and tablets have an HDMI micro next to the USB, or somwhere on the phone. This will allow you to directly connect it to a monitor.

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rickharris
rickharris

Answer 4 years ago

look on Amazon. Lots of USB microscopes there.

Or search for smart phone microscope here to make you own

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kenrickrco
kenrickrco

Answer 4 years ago

Can USB Microscopes be used at a farther distance? Because i was hoping to have the camera abit elevated on top so that i have room to work on my item.

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rickharris
rickharris

Answer 4 years ago

Quite a few have a good working distance at moderate magnifications - Check out Amazon for USB microscopes.

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kenrickrco
kenrickrco

Answer 4 years ago

alright thanks :D

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kenrickrco
kenrickrco

Answer 4 years ago

ADD: Maybe around 10 inches from the workpiece to the USB microscope. Will it still magnify it from that distance?

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iceng
iceng

4 years ago

Most phones can feed pics to a computer add a second video card to your pc and windows can display pics on the second monitor... If you have an iPhone then you will be installing iTunes...

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kenrickrco
kenrickrco

Answer 4 years ago

I was hoping to use a smaller screen much like a tablet because a computer or laptop will take up some space on the workspace. any ideas?

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iceng
iceng

4 years ago

Use a Go-Pro where you can feed real-time to a monitor.

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kenrickrco
kenrickrco

Answer 4 years ago

that's one way of doing it. But Go-Pros kinda cost alot of money.. I was thinking of using a smartphone's camera as the magnifier that will be shown on a real-time screen/monitor. Any other ideas? :)

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Yonatan24
Yonatan24

Answer 4 years ago

If you want a GoPro, try searching for those cheap knockoff brands. Should work just as well.

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kenrickrco
kenrickrco

Answer 4 years ago

Is it possible to disassemble the "shell" to make it not as bulky? If im going with this direction, i'm planning to remove unnecessary parts because all i need is the Bluetooth connectivity and the camera. Would you happen to know what those parts are and what i can remove?? Thanks in advance! :)