Repurpose Your Old Android Device As a Dash Cam!

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    Yesterday we talked about making good use out of some of those older devices laying in your junk drawer. It turns out there are all kinds of things you can do with older devices! Many of you have already fleshed out your full fledged security camera system for your home, but you may want to snag one of those new security cameras to use as a new dash cam.

    With the technology available to monitor your surroundings at all times, why not protect yourself. While the majority of police officers are good people who live to protect and serve we have all seen the horrific videos of police brutality, and even some videos of officers acting badly when trying to write citations for no good reason. There are also those crazy accident videos. Having a dash cam can protect you in the event something bad like this happens to you.

    The AutoBoy App turns your unused Android device into a fully functioning DashCam. The camera can be set to continually record as long as there is power. It can also be set to ditch old recordings to make way for new recordings. The app is basically feature rich. Check out this app from the link below.

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    It saves in 5 minute clips. Looks to be the major complaint with time missing between the cutoffs.
     
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    5 minutes is the default it looks like. You can select it to record up to 3 hours.

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    If I drove more in the average day, this might be fun to test out...Although, we're supposed to get 5-8 inches of snow tonight, so there's a chance I'll have to go out and make my plow rounds one last time this year...
     
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    IMO, buy an actual dash cam. I have this one. Its fairly inexpensive and does its own thing without issue. Its a capacitor model so no issue with batteries dying over time. I wouldn't trust this especially if someone sees a phone on your windshield when parked. They may think its a new phone and try to break in.
     
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    I don't think this is meant to be used with old cell phones without connectivity. As John said, it will be an easy target for someone that thinks you left your cell in your car. I'd rather pay $50 for a true mirror dash cam, than have my $400 window smashed for an old cell phone.
     
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    How does the suction hold during really hot weather?
     
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    Most phones have hard time producing quality video at night so this would be a major concern.
     
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    It loses suction once or twice a year, usually when the seasons change. I could easily put some double sided tape on it then suction it and I doubt it'd ever be an issue again. But when it does lose suction, its just hanging right below my mirror and takes me 10 seconds to put it back up.
     
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    Also why I have a dashcam with HDR capabilities. Night quality is pretty good.
     
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