Make Your Own Cameras in Your Garage

By: Ethan Ace, Published on Apr 09, 2014

[WARNING: Do not use this company. We strongly recommend against it.]

Yes, I am looking at you, trunkslammer, the next great American manufacturer.

One of the more peculiar exhibits at ISC West 2014 was this company:

They claim to empower you to become your own camera manufacturer, making 20,000 cameras in your garage every month. We spoke with them to understand the details of the offerings, its pricing and competitive positioning.

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Comments (7)

I saw that booth but didn't give it much of a look. As you mention analog cameras are almost given away these days why spend the money and time doing this yourself? Did he say what the reception was to their approach or what their customer base is? I might be the skeptic but that seems like a tough industry segment to make a living.

Never underestimate the power of trunkslammers pretending to be a manufacturer :)

Good question! Ethan, let us know.

They don't really have much of a customer base so far. This is new for them, so there's not much reception to speak of.

They're essentially selling the components they use for their own cameras, just letting you assemble them yourselves.

they are the ikea of the surveillance industry...

Or LEGO.

The part I dont understand:

I can pay some guy in China, Indonesia, or Vietnam or elsewhere to assemble the camera overseas and just have the whole thing shipped over here.

Or I can pay one of my technicians - or take my own time, to assemble the same camera.

Hmmm I just thought of something, I have 3 boys, Time to start the assembly line.

I would be interested to see what the cost would be to use all actually manufactured in the USA components for a similar camera.

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