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Is that a Logitech webcam in your pocket or are you... oh, it is a webcam. In that case, 'nice package,' which we can say after catching a glimpse of Logitech's new C615 HD webcam with a fold-and-go design for easy transport. Logitech's C615 offers single-click uploads to Facebook and HD 720p video calls via Skype, FaceTime for Mac, Logitech Vid HD, and Windows Live Messenger. It comes with a 3-foot USB cable with an extender and boasts a tripod-ready design so you're not limited to plopping it on top of your notebook. "We know how important it is for today’s travelers to stay connected, whether they’re on the road for business or leisure, so we are pleased to offer an HD webcam that... Read more...
The world is still trying to figure out what it thinks about Skyping on their TV, but if you're willing to give it a try, Creative has a new device to do just that. The company has just announced the Live! Cam inPerson HD, an HD video/voice webcam that's specifically designed to handle Skype HD video calling. It's a rather large device, meant to perch atop a larger display (like a TV!) and enable HD-quality videochatting. It's equipped with an H.264 video encoding processor, a quad-mic array, noise-canceling technology and a pretty steep price tag. $149.99 is what it'll cost, so maybe those free Skype voice calls aren't so bad after all... Creative Introduces the Live!® Cam inPerson HD –... Read more...
External webcams aren't nearly the rage they used to be. Perhaps that's because every notebook that ships today includes on, and a slew of new LCDs do as well. But if you're still stuck with an older monitor, or you just want something a bit more detailed than the 1.3MP embedded webcam, Logitech has a new option for you to consider. The TV Cam for Skype is a plug-and-play TV camera that'll let you make and receive high-definition video calls directly from select 2011 Panasonic VIERA Connect-enabled VIERA HDTVs that feature Skype. It's exactly what you think: a webcam for your television. Forget chatting over the PC; that's totally 2010. With this, you'll be able to have the whole family gather... Read more...
Who says that video chats have to be one dimensional? As you move, so you can your webcam. Genius, a peripheral outfit, has just announced a new HD webcam with 360-degree rotation capabilities. The FaceCam 1000 includes the company's CrazyTalk Cam Suite software, shoots 720p and has an 8MP sensor for capturing still images.  The FaceCam 1000 has a precise manual focus lens to manually control the focus without any blur and take still photos or video from any angle with 360 degree rotation capabilities. The new webcam also comes equipped with an Image Protection Mechanism (IPM) feature for preventing unauthorized outside access. By installing the included driver (Windows only), the IPM device... Read more...
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 / video chat client. This device is Microsoft's first LifeCam with a 1080p sensor, which is actually... 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 improves image quality in low light. And oftentimes, notebook webcams are used in boardrooms, etc.... 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, including the new Vid HD and HD Pro Webcam C910. The whole line offers 720p video calling, Full HD... 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 cameras in the bezel. Those webcam-ready sets can't be too far out, but for now, you'll need one... 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, the district admitted that it had installed third-party software that allowed it to activate... 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 HD-6000 for Notebooks sporting 720p HD sensors and AutoFocus technology. Pricing and details for... 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 and Project Natal, but we'll let Sony think that they have an all new thing going. Alongside the Move... 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. I said it. And the worst part is, I bought one for Christmas.It's pretty clear that the software... 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 to the company, it has worked with Fresco Logic to unveil a digital video camera that can take advantage... 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 have to argue. Rather than feeding in footage at the standard VGA resolution, this device captures... Read more...
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