How to use USB camera on Android tablet

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  1. stevepierce1
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    Want to use my Acer 500- tablet for GPS in the car. Would like to plug in a USB camera into the USB port and run to the rear of the car to act as a "backup" camera or "see behind" camera. Have not found any apps in the Android markets that will work. Any help would be appreciated
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    It won't work. That camera and others like it require a CD, which means drivers and/or software. Unless it says Android compatible you're not going to be able to do it. And I seriously doubt you will find one that says it works with Android.
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    Thanks - any alternative solutions to get a rear camera and GPS in the car - I thought about a netbook but have not investigated yet.
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    This is about as close as you are going to get.

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    I don't know if this helps but I did a search on the subject and forund a few videos, did that on my Thrive. Now that I am back on my LapTop I cant find them but they were at the YouTube sight.
    Here is a link to some stuff that might help though.
    usb webcam for android tablets - Google Search
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    I believe it can be done. I contacted Hans de Goede, a wizard on USB cameras on Linux, he thinks it can and gave a rough outline as to how
    The device will obviously need to be rooted to put the new kernel on. I plan to try using OV51x drivers and probably cheese for my USB microscope camera. I'm no hacker but I'll try. My device is different to yours so what I do won't help you but the process will be the same.
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    Damn, I thought it would be easier than all this... I might just have to do it the old fashioned way and use the rear view mirror. I bet an app will come out eventually because so many people are putting tablets in their vehicles now

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