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# 80884 5-Apr-2011 20:55
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I have an issue with viewing pallets at work on rows of of stock that can be upwards of 4 meters of the ground. In some cases the only way to read the label on the side of these pallets is to pull the row out and view by individual pallets, taking hours at a time.

I have come up with a solution where a web camera is attached to the end of a pole with an LCD screen at the base of the pole showing the Image. The idea would be to position the end of the pole between the rows of pallets and read the label that is unreadable from the ground.

As far as I know an LCD screen cannot power a webcam, what I am thinking however that a cheap tablet pc may be able to do the trick. Pb technologies sell "a pads" for about $400, add to this a $50 webcam and I may have the answer. The issue is I am unsure whether one of these android tablets could power and have a live feed of the web cam.

A notebook pc would work however I prefer the idea of the tablet for mobility.

There is a product called an eye pole sold in Australia with what I hope to achieve.

Any ideas on getting the tablet idea to work or another solution altogether would be appreciated.

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  # 456554 7-Apr-2011 21:04
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it may have a problem as it seems to only be a mini usb port.
This may be a different model to the one available here though. Would seem to only be a device port for connecting to another host instead of a host port.

Maybe a Netbook would work as it would have the correct usb type and would give acceptable battery life etc. 

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  # 456600 7-Apr-2011 23:23
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The Netbook method would be easier for something like this, if you are simply wanting to power a camera from 1 battery. Netbooks come pretty cheap now, I have seen them for about $399. Going for a better webcam (not sure how big the labels are, but I am sure that in some cases you might need a higher resolution picture) doesn't cost too much more these days.

That way, if correctly mounted you can use this Netbook to take notes, or hook into a wireless network to upload them elsewhere / email / etc...

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