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  • SharkyForums.Com - Print: Car Gadgets

    Car Gadgets
    By White December 11, 2000, 09:56 PM

    I just bought a radar dectector for my 99 Tahoe. Any other cool gadgets to get these days??? Other than a system.. already have one

    By jtshaw December 12, 2000, 11:10 AM

    I have seen some pretty cool computer rigs in cars, given this is at sharky I feel I can talk about it. I know a guy with a Land Rover, don't know the model. He has a IU rackmount case under the passenger seat of the car. He has a PIII800, 256MB RAM, SB LIVE! and a network card, with some on-board video, from ATI I think. There is a DVD drive in the back of the car, bottom of the center console basically, connected to it, and an LCD monitor. It is pretty crude but he can play DVD's on the monitor. The sound output can be changed to go through either two speakers in the back for the DVD or the system in his car so he can play MP3's while he drives. To change the sound output you have to reach down under the seat, unplug one wire, and plug another in but it gets the job done. I think he is eventually going to try and get some sort of control to do it easier.

    By IL96 December 12, 2000, 01:11 PM

    Gadgets: I have two radar detectors, one on the windshield, the other on the rear window. I also made a jammer, but it didin't jam a radar in tests, so it's sitting at home.

    By White December 12, 2000, 01:14 PM

    quote:Originally posted by IL96:
    Gadgets: I have two radar detectors, one on the windshield, the other on the rear window. I also made a jammer, but it didin't jam a radar in tests, so it's sitting at home.

    If you take radar that seriously, you should buy a Valentine One radar. You only need one and they cost $399 per unit. They are the best of the best and I guarantee you will buy one for every car you own despite the cost. They don't even look like a radar, check it out at www.valentineone.com

    By jtshaw December 12, 2000, 02:08 PM

    There isn't much disipation from a laser speed detection device so laser detectors are pretty useless...they usually don't actually pick up the laser devices signal until it hits you, which doesn't do you much good.

    By IL96 December 12, 2000, 04:04 PM

    White, I've researched this thing. Instead of buying a valentine for $400, I'd rather buy Bel 980 for $200. It has software upgrade option, and according to tests it came very close to V1. To upgrade Valentine it costs $100.
    About laser:
    In PA we don't have fron licenses, and my car has nothing to reflect in the front, so I don't care about the laser in the front. There is a threat from the back, but i have a radar on my rear window whichhas front and rear laser detection. It may show someone being clocked before me. Besides i haven't seen anyone being stopped with a laser gun in the tri-state area, NJ-PA-DE. Besides lasers are easy to blind with modlated infrared diodes.

    By *-SiNcErE-* December 28, 2000, 02:29 AM

    too bad these things are illegal in Canada, or else I would have gotten one long long time ago!

    By IL96 December 28, 2000, 09:49 AM

    quote:Originally posted by *-SiNcErE-*:
    too bad these things are illegal in Canada, or else I would have gotten one long long time ago!


    get a hidden one. Both K40 and Beltronics make hidden type radar detectors. The recever is installed somewhere under the bumper (plastic of course), and the display is on your dash board, or in the Receiver tray or something. Go to their sites and see some applications.

    By *-SiNcErE-* December 28, 2000, 12:11 PM

    uh. what are their websites?
    and which would perform better?

    By DJ Machine December 31, 2000, 12:57 PM

    I saw in car and driver, its a HUD (heads up display) that projects your current speed and RPMs on your windshield (digital of course)

    By ECILOPAVEHT January 01, 2001, 05:36 PM

    quote:Originally posted by IL96:
    White, I've researched this thing. Instead of buying a valentine for $400, I'd rather buy Bel 980 for $200. It has software upgrade option, and according to tests it came very close to V1. To upgrade Valentine it costs $100.
    About laser:
    In PA we don't have fron licenses, and my car has nothing to reflect in the front, so I don't care about the laser in the front. There is a threat from the back, but i have a radar on my rear window whichhas front and rear laser detection. It may show someone being clocked before me. Besides i haven't seen anyone being stopped with a laser gun in the tri-state area, NJ-PA-DE. Besides lasers are easy to blind with modlated infrared diodes.


    Little advice to you.
    You do not need a license plate to reflect back a laser signal. With new technologies incorporated in lidars like the Kustom ProLaser III you can aim at the windshield. As for jamming a lidar gun it is possible but you have to be at extremely long ranges to successfully detect and befuddle a laser signal. With older lidar systems you may even get away with getting with in 300 feet of the lidar device, but with current lidar systems you will be luck to get better then 1000 feet. So just be careful on what you think works!
    Trust me I work with these all day!

    By IL96 January 02, 2001, 11:01 AM

    RE: *-SiNcErE-*
    Here are the sites: http://www.k40.com http://www.beltronics.com/bel915r.htm
    RE: ECILOPAVEHT
    Are you actually a police officer operating one of those laser guns ? :-) It would be very interesting to pick some information from you in that case. If you don't mind of course, or if it's not a top secret...
    How can a you receive a liht reflected from a glass surface that's at an angle ? It should reflect the beam up in the air... Even if it is an IR beam.
    As for the jammer, I don't think it is such a difficult task to detect a laser from far away. The receiver in my car must me less sensitive than the one on the gun itself, because i'm going to catch the direct light, not a reflection. So the range will be increased. As soon as it's detected, an aray or two of high powered IR LED's will start pulsing something like white noise, or in the frequency range of the radar (10-30KHz) changing randomly. This should jam the radar and give me some time to slow down.
    It's a good thing that IR emmiting is legal :-)))

    By CajnDave January 02, 2001, 11:14 AM

    quote:Originally posted by *-SiNcErE-*:
    uh. what are their websites?
    and which would perform better?

    I do believe Canadian police have radar detector detectors. I remember reading it somewhere.

    By IL96 January 02, 2001, 11:37 AM

    All modern radar detectors are VG2 undetectable.

    By ECILOPAVEHT January 02, 2001, 07:17 PM

    quote:Originally posted by IL96:
    RE: *-SiNcErE-*
    Here are the sites: http://www.k40.com http://www.beltronics.com/bel915r.htm
    RE: ECILOPAVEHT
    Are you actually a police officer operating one of those laser guns ? :-) It would be very interesting to pick some information from you in that case. If you don't mind of course, or if it's not a top secret...
    How can a you receive a liht reflected from a glass surface that's at an angle ? It should reflect the beam up in the air... Even if it is an IR beam.
    As for the jammer, I don't think it is such a difficult task to detect a laser from far away. The receiver in my car must me less sensitive than the one on the gun itself, because i'm going to catch the direct light, not a reflection. So the range will be increased. As soon as it's detected, an aray or two of high powered IR LED's will start pulsing something like white noise, or in the frequency range of the radar (10-30KHz) changing randomly. This should jam the radar and give me some time to slow down.
    It's a good thing that IR emmiting is legal :-)))


    Well let me clarify what I was saying, You can aim at the windshield, but the IR beam will actually penetrate the window and reflect off a surface inside the vehicle. With earlier models this was not possible due to the weak IR beam and poor software. Lidar guns are far more sophisticated then they were when first introduced years ago. As for the Jamming aspect of it like I said it is possible but much less likely now a days. You have stated that having a Lidar jammer is not illegal, which it is not due to the fact it is a light emitting device and hard to regulate, But be forewarned They may be confiscated under certain state laws! i.e. Interference of operations of a police officer.
    I suggest that you just drive safe you can't go wrong that way.


    By *-SiNcErE-* January 02, 2001, 07:45 PM

    no I'm not a police officer...
    I just want a radar detector cuz I like to speed through long straightaways sometimes.

    and I also heard of some radar detector detectors... but know how effective it is though.

    By White January 04, 2001, 02:33 PM

    Speaking of car gadgets...I bought a Sharper Image Car Ionizer for $60 and it works great. My friends smoke so my car smells like smoke, even though I don't let them actually smoke in my car. Well, maybe I did a few times :P . The fact is that stupid little ionizer works like a charm.


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