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Not too long ago, Microsoft unveiled a couple of new 720p LifeCam webcams. But in today's world of "never is enough, good enough," Microsoft has been forced to produce something with even more resolution. The company's new LifeCam webcam has a 1080p HD sensor, which Microsoft claims is the closest thing to actually being there. And we aren't too sure that's too far from the truth. The new LifeCam Studio is designed to work with Windows Live Messenger 2011, which will offer HD video calling in a 16:9 widescreen format, but we're sure it'll function just fine within Skype or any other preferred webcam... Read more...
Some areas of technology improve rather rapidly. There is intense competition in the CPU and GPU space, so those products generally improve many times over the course of a year. But some lesser things, like webcams, don't improve nearly as quickly. Particularly webcams that are built into the bezels of notebooks. But that means that some companies are out to change the tide, like OmniVision. The company has just introduced the OV7727, which is a high-end VGA sensor for the ultra-thin notebook market. It's the first VGA sensor to be built with OmniBSI backside illumination technology, which greatly... Read more...
We aren't sure if you've noticed, but HD video is "in." Nearly every major smartphone launching now has HD video recording, with the iPhone 4 even getting an iMovie app to edit all of that high resolution footage. Traditionally, PC webcams have lagged behind on the technology front. Most people have seemed satisfied with low-res VGA video chats for awhile now, with only those major Cisco teleprescence systems offering true HD conferencing. The time to bring that tech into the consumer arena is now, with Logitech at the front of the pack. The company has today revealed a full lineup of HD webcams,... Read more...
It's just a matter of time at this point: the whole world will be ditching the landline phone and Skyping before the next century. Not that we'll be around most likely to see if this pans out, but there's our wild stab at the future. Skype has already become to go-to choice for international calling, and it's already becoming a huge, important part of many smartphones. Now, Skype is invading the television, but considering that no current TVs ship with webcams built right in (or none that come to mind), Panasonic is crafting a stop-gap solution for video chatters until sets begin to ship with those... Read more...
We've been following the Lower Merion school district investigation ever since a student at the school, one Blake Robbins, was accused of engaging in improper behavior based on evidence captured by his school-provided laptop's webcam. Investigative reports now indicate that the school either lied through its teeth about the degree to which cameras were activated or was negligent—possibly criminally negligent—in exercising appropriate oversight of how the system was being used by the staff who had access. The Story Thus Far When Blake's parents began asking how the school had come by its evidence,... Read more...
Many people forget that Microsoft is a hardware company as well as a software company. There's no question that Windows, Windows Mobile and now Windows Phone 7 Series gets the majority of the attention, but the Zune HD, their line of mice and keyboards, and even their webcams are certainly deserving of a look. Today, the Redmond-based giant is expanding their LifeCam lineup, and for those who like the idea of video chats in HD, you'll probably be snapping one up to sit on top of your monitor.The latest three LifeCams feature TrueColor Technology, with the LifeCam HD-5000, LifeCam HD-5001 and LifeCam... Read more...
Nintendo has their Wii remote, Microsoft will soon have their Project Natal, and now, Sony has their PlayStation Move. At the GDC '10 conference in San Francisco, the maker of the PS3 decided to cut loose and unveil the "next generation" in console control, though it's really just a sophisticated improvement upon the PlayStation Eye that has been out for a few years now. The Move motion controller will be compatible only with the PS3 console, offering a motion-based, high-definition gaming experience that is said to be "unlike anything on the market." We kind of doubt it's "unlike" the Wiimote... Read more...
Evidently HP computers are racist, if you follow the rationale of this snarkily produced video. It shows how HP's webcam software, which is supposed to track the movements of a person's face, doesn't work too well if you're African American.Desi (African-American) and Wanda (Caucasian) appear to be workers in some sort of consumer electronics store.We're using the face-tracking software. So, it's supposed to follow me as I move. I'm black. I think my blackness is interfering with the computer's ability to follow me. [...]I'm going on record, and I'm sayin' it. Hewlett-Packard computers are racist.... Read more...
USB 3.0 is here. Or, it might as well be, as Point Grey is already announcing that it'll have a finalized product on display at this week's Intel Developer Forum (IDF) in San Francisco. Officially, the USB-IF has yet to announce that any USB 3.0 products are on the chopping block, but considering just how long the protocol has been in the works, we wouldn't be surprised to see Point Grey joined by a host of other outfits with USB 3.0 reveals later this week.Though, it's somewhat unique that Point Grey, in a sense, has the planet's first USB 3.0 product that's not simply a demonstration. According... Read more...
Generally speaking, webcams aren't all that interesting in and of themselves. In fact, most notebooks ship with some sort of lackluster webcam built right in, and considering that video calling still hasn't gone mainstream, most folks sort of ignore the thing. Microsoft has developed quite a few nice ones for those really into keeping that face-to-face bond across seas and county lines, but now it's the little-known Hercules joining the fray. According to the company, its Dualpix HD720p is ushering in a "new era" of mini webcams, and considering that it captures your lovely face in high-def, we'd... Read more...
What appears to be the first mass-produced 3D web camera looks like a friendly robot. It's actually two cameras that record, according to Hammacher Schlemmer, "slightly differing images" that are then put together as a stereoscopic image. It even comes with five pairs of 3D glasses (those funky cyan/red glasses that used to come in comic books) so you can invite your friends over to watch your 3D movies. The webcam only works with PCs that run Windows XP or Vista (it seems likely that later versions will run on Windows 7), via a built-in USB cable. The two cameras record video at 800 x 600 resolution,... Read more...
Microsoft may not be the first vendor you think of when looking for a new webcam, but sure enough, the company has just introduced a new one. The LifeCam VX-2000 is the newest member of the growing LifeCam family, and priced at under $30, it's apt to fit most budgets. It transmits VGA video and possesses a built-in microphone, and apparently Microsoft has arranged for this thing to work easily with any broadband-connected PC. Designed for video calling and video chatting, the webcam packs a 1.3MP sensor and auto-adjusts for low-light condition. It'll ship next month for $29.95 and will arrive with... Read more...
MSI StarCam Flip Webcam Taipei, TW - Worldwide high-end graphics card and professional motherboard brand-manufacturer, MSI International, today unveils the company's flagship StarCam Flip webcam. With a built-in glass-lens with a "true" 2.0 megapixel high quality sensor and highly sensitive USB microphone, MSI StarCam Flip ensures the best image and communication quality. MSI StarCam Flip is the world's first webcam that has PenPower business card recognition software's exclusive authorization. Additionally, its unique hinge design and auto-macro lens help the user manage large numbers of business... Read more...
MSI's spent the bulk of its time of late pumping out new graphics cards and drool worthy notebooks. We have to say, it's latest product is somewhat of a letdown in comparison to those other items, but it's still interesting to say the least. The flagship StarCam Flip webcam handles all the typical webcam tasks -- video chats, quick mugshots, etc. -- but it also includes something that most rivals dont't. Read for this? A business card reader.Believe it or not, the USB-enabled device not only includes a 2MP sensor, a high quality microphone and a flexible neck, but it also scans business cards.... Read more...
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