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2000\08\16@235418 by JB

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I recently bought a "CoolCam" from JC Penny. Just wondering if anyone has looked into the data transfer protocol for this unit - it's $69, does 352x288, and runs on three AAA's. There's enough RAM (not flash) to hold 20 pics at that size. Quality isn't good, but should work for my supplying pics to my other project, the web server on a 3c509b.

There's a shot of it here (bottom of page):

       http://www.rof.net/yp/alphaone/activities/electronics/3c509b/

Thanks,

JB

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2000\08\17@042035 by Alan B. Pearce

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>I recently bought a "CoolCam" from JC Penny.
>Just wondering if anyone has looked into the
>data transfer protocol for this unit - it's
>$69, does 352x288, and run s on three AAA's.
>There's enough RAM (not flash) to hold 20 pics
>at that size. Quality isn't good, but should
>work for my supplying pics to my other project,
>the web server on a 3c509b.

I have just seen this device advertised in the UK for GBP75, and was wondering
what it is like. Unfortunately I am spoilt by having a colleague here at work
who has just got himself a Canon Digital Ixus, and who is very keen on digital
photography, so things like the Coolcam tend to get compared to that....

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2000\08\17@044537 by Michael Rigby-Jones

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I see the special technology exchange rate of UKP >= $ applies here.
Mutter, mutter....

Mike

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2000\08\17@063550 by Alan B. Pearce

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>I see the special technology exchange rate of UKP >= $ applies here.
>Mutter, mutter....

Yes I have noticed that too. As I get a trip to California in the next month on
the company I will be visiting Fry's to see what I can pick up in the way of a
high speed video card. Buying disk drives there in the past has shown American
Dollars to be equal to British Pounds at 1:1 for this sort of purchase.

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2000\08\17@080434 by D Lloyd

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Can you bring me some petrol back? I think that is a little worse than 1:1
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On a more serious note, is there a price differential on buying a MCHIP ICD from
the States as opposed to the UK?
(Import duty aside, that is) Is it $99 to 99 ?

Regards,
Dan



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>I see the special technology exchange rate of UKP >= $ applies here.
>Mutter, mutter....

Yes I have noticed that too. As I get a trip to California in the next month on
the company I will be visiting Fry's to see what I can pick up in the way of a
high speed video card. Buying disk drives there in the past has shown American
Dollars to be equal to British Pounds at 1:1 for this sort of purchase.

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2000\08\17@110200 by o-8859-1?Q?K=FCbek_Tony?=

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Hi,

>>I see the special technology exchange rate of UKP >= $ applies here.
>>Mutter, mutter....

>Yes I have noticed that too. As I get a trip to California in the next
month on
>the company I will be visiting Fry's to see what I can pick up in the
way of a
>high speed video card. Buying disk drives there in the past has shown
American
>Dollars to be equal to British Pounds at 1:1 for this sort of purchase.

Extend that to entire Europe :-(
Recently I was in the process of buying an digital video camera
( Sony PC-100 ) listed in the US at 1800$ ( which is quite hefty as-is
).
In sweden they want the equivalent of 2500$ for it ( do I need to
mention
that I didn't buy one, saving that for my next trip OUTSIDE Europe ).

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2000\08\17@133529 by Nigel Goodwin

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In message <DA3A3E91471FD411B8D60000F8B82B3F44FC59EraseMEspam.....zpgtd00e.europe.norte> l.com>, Michael Rigby-Jones <EraseMEmrjonesspamNORTELNETWORKS.COM> writes
>I see the special technology exchange rate of UKP >= $ applies here.
>Mutter, mutter....

Doesn't it always - what really hurts is that many UK originated items
are much cheaper in the USA as well :-(.
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2000\08\17@135522 by M. Adam Davis

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I'm assuming a lot of this is due to the US being such a strong bargianing power
concerning economic trade.  I've also heard that competition is somewhat more
fierce here.  I remember one person coming from another country speaking of
their first experience in a US grocery store.  They were amazed at how many
different brands of coffee they could buy...

I wonder, though, in the case of the video camera if one couldn't order it from
the US and have it shipped to the UK?  I understand there would be certian
customs, tariffs and taxes, but I've not shipped anything across national
borders.  Are these particularily expensive?  Is there a resource on the
internet for rates and shipping info?

-Adam

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2000\08\17@144446 by Nigel Goodwin

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In message <KILLspam399C26B4.C10A5996spamBeGonespamubasics.com>, M. Adam Davis
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>I wonder, though, in the case of the video camera if one couldn't order it from
>the US and have it shipped to the UK?  I understand there would be certian
>customs, tariffs and taxes, but I've not shipped anything across national
>borders.  Are these particularily expensive?  Is there a resource on the
>internet for rates and shipping info?

I've bought a number of items from the USA (and other countries), it all
seems a bit hit and miss - the last item I received from the USA had
import duty, 17.5% VAT, and #6 post office administration charge added
to it! - this made rather a mess of the original #30 odd cost!. However,
previous orders have usually been OK, it seems to depend how lucky you
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2000\08\17@191022 by mjb

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JB wrote:
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> I recently bought a "CoolCam" from JC Penny. Just wondering if anyone has looked into the data transfer protocol for this unit - it's $69, does 352x288, and runs on three AAA's. There's enough RAM (not flash) to hold 20 pics at that size. Quality isn't good, but should work for my supplying pics to my other project, the web server on a 3c509b.
>
> There's a shot of it here (bottom of page):
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>         http://www.rof.net/yp/alphaone/activities/electronics/3c509b/

I wonder if it is related to the "WWF Slam-Cam" I just bought at Mac
Frugals for $14.95.  Crack the case open and look at the chipset.  In
the current Circuit Cellar (print and online
<http://www.circuitcellar.com/> there is an article about hooking up a
similar cheap camera to a NIC connected to an AVR.

Matt Bennett

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2000\08\17@222518 by JB

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It could be - after I bought it someone told me I could have had a Barbie Cam for $20. What the heck - a $70 camera is still a deal for hacking around, far better than trying to hook up to my Kodak and frying something inside. Besides - mine has a pretty purple see-through case :)

I took some photos of the insides and posted them here:

       http://www.rof.net/yp/alphaone/activities/electronics/coolcam/cool.html

JB

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2000\08\18@041916 by Simon Nield

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>I've bought a number of items from the USA (and other countries), it all
>seems a bit hit and miss - the last item I received from the USA had
>import duty, 17.5% VAT, and #6 post office administration charge added
>to it! - this made rather a mess of the original #30 odd cost!. However,
>previous orders have usually been OK, it seems to depend how lucky you
>are :-).


I have heard that using FedEx or whatever rather than standard post can help - and FedEx is not
necessarily that much when compared to the cost of some items.

Simon

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2000\08\18@042743 by Alan B. Pearce

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Well the chip on the front (lens side) has a datasheet available at
www.vvl.co.uk/products/co-processors/680/680.htm
which appears to be a USB/RS232 interface chip for this use.

Unfortunately I cannot make out the part no. of the other chip as the yellow
writing does not show up well. I suspect it is a memory chip to store the
pictures. The ST webpage seems to mention two possible sensors that could also
be used in the camera.

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2000\08\18@043202 by Alan B. Pearce

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>I've bought a number of items from the USA (and other countries), it all
>seems a bit hit and miss - the last item I received from the USA had
>import duty, 17.5% VAT, and #6 post office administration charge added
>to it! - this made rather a mess of the original #30 odd cost!. However,
>previous orders have usually been OK, it seems to depend how lucky you
>are :-).

I have bought a number of items from eBay over the last couple of years, and
getting them into the UK seems to depend mainly on wether or not they seem to
have been sent from a commercial organization, i.e. if there is a company name
all over the outside of the package it is more likely to get stopped. On the
whole it is very much the luck of the day.

It is a bit the same being a traveler coming to the UK as well. Coming in
through airport customs I have never yet been stopped and checked to see if I
had any alcohol, tobacco or any other dutiable items. Moral seems to be always
use the green channel.

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2000\08\18@073830 by W. K. Brown

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I've got one of the Barbie Cams ( mine was ~$60 when I bought it)
Should I keep for possible value enhancement or crack the case and use it?
Regards,
Keith
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2000\08\18@094401 by Snail Instruments
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Hi Adam,

for shipping cost you can check the international rate calculator at
http://ircalc.usps.gov/ . This is for shipment thru USPS, you have to
customs clear the item yourself (or hire someone to do it for you). At
least here in Czech. There is also the Global Priority Package, which ships
four pounds of stuff for $9 (numbers of the head) in a special envelope.

Not all companies are willing to ship abroad, some have minimum
international order limit, some charge extra fee for out of US mailing,
some ship thru UPS air only, but there is still a good share of US
businesses which are very pleasant to deal with.

Josef

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>Are these particularily expensive?  Is there a resource on the
>internet for rates and shipping info?

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