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Old 02-09-2012
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Oh man, that would be sweet if it worked.
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Got the cables, laid everything out to plug it in, and realized that I forgot to order a female/female coupler to connect the male plug on the USB camera to the male plug on the RCA cable. Worse, I HAD that coupler in my shopping cart at Amazon but removed it thinking I didn't need it.

Local Radio Shack doesn't carry it, nor does Fry's (checked via web site). New order is in, I'm getting 2 + tax - shipping (free with Prime) came to $3.
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radio shack does carry them:

http://www.radioshack.com/product/in...ductId=2102696
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Thanks hpropman, but I need the USB version. Order is in to Amazon so...any day now.
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This is such a great project. Can't wait to see what you end up with.
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This is a brilliant idea! I'm looking forward to watching the progress! This takes the old "mystery boxes" game to a whole new, demented, level!
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le sigh... got the f/f coupler, connected the camera to the f/f coupler, connected to the RCA jack adapter, connected to the TV. Nothing.

I'm thinking the camera is not getting a normal power supply it would get through a computer USB connection.

Last chance - I'll try a USB splitter, one plugged into the camera, another plugged into a power source. I have no idea if that will work. If not, I'll probably end up buying a new security camera that is designed to plug into RCA jacks.
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Been a while so here is a quick update:

The USB camera never worked with the configuration I was forcing upon it, I gave up on trying the USB splitter.

I ordered this little thing
on Amazon. I was excited to get it, plugged it in, and got a picture on the TV! I was stoked! ...until the picture went blue. ?!?! I jiggled the wires a bit and the picture came back on. Ok, I thought, stay calm, this will work.

Like Chuck Testa, "NOPE!"

The picture died again, and the sound never worked. Ugh. I went right to the computer and filed for crappy parts and how to return it. Thankfully, Amazon has a generous return policy (and I have Prime). A replacement part was shipped the next day, and all I had to do was to ensure I returned the first broken one.

The new camera arrived , I plugged it in, Shazam! Picture, check. Sound, check-1-2-check. I let out a sigh of relief knowing I have a working part and can move forward. Next task, build a small hand-held unit to house the camera and keep the wiring safe.
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Just saw this post and Love the idea! Thinking of the saws in your picture, they stick their hand in and a buzz saw sound starts and inside you have 2 slow moving motors with tye wrap whips (think weedwacker) with the candy on the other side.
I think I would leave the candy.
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Rather than a live camera, what if you made a "candy holding pod" and took it to a pet shop. Maybe you could talk the store attendants into letting you put a tarantula or emperor scorpion into the pod with the candy and you can video record it. Make sure that you have a way to secretly (and gently) poke at the tarantula in the candy pod because they don't move much unless provoked. You could even have a second video with a brave kid (found wandering around in the store) to reach in and pretend to fumble around for the candy. Then you can show the first video of the tarantula as the kids approach then cut to the second video when the kid puts his hand in the hole (optical trigger to make the switch). It won't hold up to close scrutiny but I think it would freak some people out.
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