A Jeep-Mounted FLIR Camera

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[Eddie Zarick] is at it again, modding his Jeep Wrangler into something that makes us all properly jealous. This time, he managed to acquire and mount the FLIR camera from an old Cadillac. It truly is an FLIR thermal imaging camera, and not just a near-infrared hack. Cadillac used this technology with a HUD, but [Eddie] decided to connect it to his in-dash screen. He also didn’t settle for simply facing it forward, but mounted it to a Golight searchlight base. He mounted the joysticks under the screen, giving him directional control.

[Eddie] spent about $500 on the project, which seems like a lot, but not when you consider the cost of a new FLIR camera. We would love to know where he found such a great deal! Maybe he hit up a local salvage yard? If you know of a good source for parts like this, let us know in the comments!

Previously we covered [Eddie's] pressurized water tap, weatherproof keypad entry, and other assorted hacks. We look forward to seeing what he adds to his Jeep next.

Comments

  1. pedro says:

    “We would love to know where he found such a great deal!”
    me2

  2. Tom Nardi says:

    Pretty sure this dude is gearing up to be a superhero with this car.

  3. sf says:

    Signs we live in the future: you can get a FLIR camera from an OLD cadillac.
    Interesting that it is useable, the night-vision equipment from BMW and Mercedes is nearly impossible to use. It is tied to serial numbers and stuff in important control devices of the car, because they would have problems to get export permissions otherwise, so you need half a car just to turn the damn things on.

  4. bigbob says:

    It says in the video the camera is from a 2005 Cadillac DTS…

    • barry99705 says:

      We know that part, but where did he get the part from?

      • Junkyard Dawg says:

        It doesn’t say, but I’d guess it was a self-service junkyard. You pay the guy at the gate $2, walk around the lot with your own tools, pull off whatever parts you want from any car you want, and pay for whatever you bought on the way out.

        There’s a standard fee (set by the yard) for a headlight, taillight, and just about every other part imaginable. If a headlight costs $15, it costs $15 whether it comes from a Camry, a BMW, or a Ferrari (you’re unlikely to find a Ferrari at one of these yards…) They’re in the steel recycling business, not in determining what any particular component is worth. A typical receipt from one of these places would just read “misc. electronic module” – $20 and a “display” – $20. Maybe another line for “wiring harness” – $3, etc…

      • cutandpaste says:

        From the junkyard/recycler/salvage yard/tip/whatever you call the place in your locality where dead cars to go be parted out?

        If you want one for yourself, just pick up thy phone, dial the appropriate local establishment, and ask for such a part (for a 2005 DTS). They’ll either have one, or they’ll be able to get one, and their computer will be able to cross-reference what other years/makes use the same part.

        After that, just show up, pay them money, and leave with the part.

  5. Sven says:

    As long as he doesn’t go driving without the headlights on…

    That joystick control seems a little too fast for my liking.

    • Craig says:

      Not sure what version of the golight he used, but most have two speeds, fast and slow.

      The slow is much slower than what is demonstrated in the video. It is nearly a crawl.

      GoLights aren’t cheap either. Incredibly handy though.

  6. adcurtin says:

    not a FLIR camera, just far infrared (FIR). FLIR is a brand.

  7. fartface says:

    Those cameras are hard to find, most caddy’s never had them they were a special $5000 option that rarely was ordered, and junkyards try to rob people blind looking for them. Glad he found an honest junkyard to get his.

  8. XOIIO says:

    Uhg, man I hate living in canada, I’m never gonna find cool stuff like that here.

  9. Anybody know excactly where on the Cadillac this is mounted? On top? Would be nice to know where to look on the junkyard.

    • cb4 says:

      It is mounted in the center of the grill where you would expect the Cadillac emblem to be. There is just a round opening with the camera mounted behind the grill. Does anybody know the wiring detail behind this? Is it simple RCA outputs? Was there any CAN-Bus intervention necessary to enable it?

  10. Adam says:

    My brother used this same thermal unit to make a head mounted scope, about 3 years ago. He integrated it into the MW2 night vision goggles they sold with Call Of Duty. If the powers that be at hackaday have any interest i can see about getting the info sent your way.

  11. Robot says:

    From looking at the video I can tell you that the resolution of the thermal camera is too low for it to be ITAR T2 restricted.

    If he carefully opens that thing up, he can add peltier cooling or something similar to actively cool the sensor. Depending upon the gain compensation in the image processor he can dramatically improve the sensitivity of the camera. . . but not the dynamic range, sadly.

    – Robot

  12. Bunedoggle says:

    Someone should tell him that zombies don’t have a heat signature.

  13. File space says:

    Omg I found about 20 of these for anywhere from $50-100.

  14. Frydaddy says:

    Hes selling it on Ebay right now, 400664196199

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