Infrared Webcam

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We've retrofitted an old webcam to see the ifrared spectrum, via infrared diodes. The uses for this, aside from just seeing an alternate light source, include night vision.

First, gather the neccessary materials:
One (1) webcam w/ an IR filter. Most of the cheap ones have these.
One (1) chisel and/or flathead screwdriver.
One (1) philips screwdriver.
 

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Step 1: Disassemble

To start your infrared camera, first unscrew the outer shell of the cam and use the chisel and/or flathead screwdriver to pry it off. Locate the infrared filter (it will be near if not on the lens and will have a transparent red film on it).

Step 2: Remove the Infrared Filter

Use the chisel and/or flathead (a small flathead would be preferable) to pry out the filter. NOTE: it is rather fragile adn will most likely break, but this does not matter.

Step 3: Reassemble

Put the webcam back together, leaving the infrared filter out. Make sure to line up the lens so it's centered on the camera, otherwise it may not work as well.

Now, plug in the camera and use an infrared diode, or some other form of infrared light to check it's functionallity. To try night vision, use an infrared light in a dark room. You won't be able to see the light yourself, but the camera should pick it up and display it on screen.

Thanks for reading!

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    KevinAlien26

    7 years ago on Introduction

    i have the same webcam, i won it but i don't remember how. I've taken it apart and wanted to find a good use for it and this looks interesting.