Archive for Webcams

“Anti-peep” USB webcam covers it’s eye for privacy

Posted in Webcams by Conner Flynn on April 30th, 2010

Having a webcam is great. It allows you to do many things. But what if hackers get into your system, or your school starts spying on you?

Gsou of China offers this USB webcam with a low tech anti-peep feature: a robotic arm that will cover the camera lens automatically once you’re done with your video session. If you get an incoming Skype or MSN video call, both hands will be lowered. There’s also a manual override that lets you uncover the lens manually.

Microsoft outs three new 720p webcams

Posted in Webcams by Conner Flynn on March 16th, 2010

Microsoft has just added three new webcams to its LifeCam line, and all three are capable of 720p HD video. The LifeCam HD-5000 and HD-5001 look different on the outside, but inside they are the same and both sell for $49.95 and are available later this month.

A smaller version of the LifeCam, the HD-6000 is available in May and aimed at notebooks, also capable of 720p video and autofocus, with a 360° rotation view.

Sakar launches Kodak Webcams and digital photo keychain

Posted in Webcams by Conner Flynn on September 15th, 2009

Sakar launches Kodak Webcams and digital photo keychainSakar International has announced a bunch of new Kodak webcams. The list includes the S100, a driver-free webcam; the T130; an auto focus webcam and the the P310HD, a webcam with a three megapixel sensor which produces HD quality video.

There’s also the W100 and a two megapixel auto focus webcam called the L200. The cameras can automatically connect to IM and VoiP services like AOL, MSN Instant Messenger and SKYPE by automatically launching the app without the user having to do it themselves, which is neat.

Hercules Dualpix HD720p high-def webcam

Posted in Webcams by Conner Flynn on August 27th, 2009

Hercules Dualpix HD720p high-def webcamThe Hercules Dualpix HD720p may look huge, but it’s just a close up. Thank god. You wouldn’t want a gargantuan webcam like that in your face. The webcam is HD 720p capable, complete with an autofocus lens and integrated microphone.

It articulates in two different ways, so you can rest assured that you will get yourself in the shot, or show off more things behind you. The 1-megapixel CMOS (1280 x 800) can capture 30fps 720p video, or interpolated pseudo-5MP stills, and it hooks up to your XP/Vista/Windows 7 PC via USB.

Elecom releases multi-colored web cameras

Posted in Webcams by Conner Flynn on August 25th, 2009

ElecomIf you are looking to add some color to your life, Japan’s Elecom is offering the UCAM-DLC300T Series. It’s a three megapixel USB web camera that fits onto the top of standard laptop screens allowing you to video chat instantly and easily.

It’s not just about laptops though. The web cam is also designed to work with the Sony Playstation 3 while offering 30 frames per second image transmission. The UCAM-DLC300T webcams come in white, black, pink and sky blue, and are compatible with PC or Mac.

Microsoft anounces HD LifeCam Cinema

Posted in Webcams by Conner Flynn on August 17th, 2009

Microsoft anounces HD LifeCam CinemaToday Microsoft announced a brand new webcam with the LifeCam Cinema, which offers a true HD experience in 720p resolution. It’s capable of capturing 30 frames per second and it’s all about giving you high quality at an affordable price.

Some other features include a 4x digital zoom, noise-canceling mic, autofocus and a glass lens. Constructed from aluminum, this camera has an interesting stand that works with both notebooks and desktops. The webcam even has a specific Windows Live call button for use with Windows Live Messenger and it connects via USB 2.0.

Fruit USB Webcams

Posted in Webcams by Conner Flynn on June 11th, 2009

Fruit USB WebcamsSummer is here and if you want to get all fruity about it, why not get yourself a fruit webcam. It’s part of a healthy diet. Your choice of watermelon, apple, and pear. The pear even has a smiley face. Each costs just $12.69.

Some features include: No seeds, no juices, no fruit flys nearby, 8.0 Mega pixel Watermelon Shaped Web Cam, Supports windows Vista, XP, 2000, ME, video up to: 1600*1200 (Dynamic: 2Mega), 2.0 Mega pixel CMOS sensor, and 10 X ZOOM.

Star Trek USS Enterprise webcam

Posted in Webcams by Conner Flynn on April 12th, 2009

Star Trek USS Enterprise webcamHere’s the final frontier in geek accessories for your computer. Let your geek flag fly high with this USS Enterprise-themed USB webcam. Perfect for making video Captain’s logs to send to other nerds. It won’t fight other webcams shaped like Klingon or Romulan ships, but it does feature an adjustable focus, and the red engine lights light up. So that ought to mesmerize you for all of a minute.

The cable even features the Star Fleet Insignia. Nothing on a release date or price, but it will be available in lieu of time spent with girls very soon.

Minoru: Your Personal 3D Wall-E Webcam

Posted in Webcams by Nino Marchetti on January 5th, 2009

Minoru
A new 3D Webcam we heard about earlier this year is set to make the rounds at the Consumer Electronics Show this week, followed by early January sales here in the United States. It is called the Minoru 3D Webcam and it will price around $90 when released.

The Minoru is said to provide a 3D stereoscopic image because it is a single piece with two cameras spaced roughly the same distance apart aside. Strange looking similarities to Wall-E aside, the developer of this Webcam says users will tend to look into the eyes of the camera as they light up – perhaps to suck more cash out of one’s pocket.

Virtual Webcam Girlfriend is enticing, a bit creepy

Posted in Webcams by Conner Flynn on November 3rd, 2008

Virtual Webcam Girlfriend is enticing, a bit creepyYou might remember this virtual nerd girlfriend from several months back. The Dennou AR Figures virtual 3D girlfriends are for those extra lonely nerds who don’t get out much. I think the idea is that you would want to check in on her now and then, apply spankings as needed and occasionally give her gifts, all safe in the knowledge that she can’t run or call the cops.

You install webcam software and when your camera detects the special cube onscreen, it puts a 3D companion into your environment. It’s available right now in Japan for $125. And we don’t want to know what you two do in your spare time. A slightly NSFW video below

Minoru robot webcam for 3D video chat

Posted in Webcams by Conner Flynn on October 17th, 2008

Minoru robot webcam for 3D video chatWeb cams have just gone all view-master on us. The Minoru looks like a super-cute Japanese robot and is designed to deliver the Internet experience in 3D. The stereo webcam uses two lenses to form one image that appears three-dimensional…when the viewer wears a pair of 3D glasses. When are we gonna get beyond these nerd glasses?

It’s compatible with chat services like Skype, AIM, and Windows Live Messenger. Apparently the device can take 3D photos and output 3D video that’s uploadable to YouTube too. He’s part E.T., part Wall-E and he’ll be on sale in December for $100.

Microsoft shows off new Show Webcam

Posted in Webcams by Nino Marchetti on September 19th, 2008

Microsoft LifeCam Show

Two new Webcams were recently conceived over at little old Microsoft in Redmond, WA. The more standout of these is the slim LifeCam Show, priced around $100.

The Microsoft LifeCam Show comes with what Microsoft says is a “complete attachment kit” to anchor it to many surfaces. These kit parts include a magnetic laptop clip, magnetic desktop stand and two attachment discs which have adhesive backings.

MingJong M6637U robotic webcams to take over world one desk at a time

Posted in Webcams by Conner Flynn on August 17th, 2008

MingJong M6637U robotic webcams to take over world one desk at a time
A Taiwanese company known as MingJong has released some colorful robotic UVC compliant USB 2.0 webcams called ‘M6637U’ that sport 1.3-megapixels.

These little guys have the right idea. If you want to take over the world, you have to appeal to those lovers of cute and colorful desk accessories. Put a bunch together and they are clearly interacting, comparing notes for our eventual assimilation. Then when a human comes back into the room they all freeze. There’s not a whole lot of info on these guys, but be weary. Never turn your back on one.

Home made Futurama Bender webcam

Posted in Webcams by Conner Flynn on April 15th, 2008

Home made Futurama Bender webcam
Futurama fans will want to get their hands on this one of a kind Bender webcam. This guy removed all of the gears and mechanics from and officially licensed Matt Groening and Rocket USA tin robot toy and replaced them with a Creative Live! webcam.

The arms and legs no longer move, but some things have to be sacrificed when making something cool. Bender is completely free standing and he’s got a USB cable coming from the former key slot. Turning his antenna rotates his mouth and cigar allowing for two facial expressions. As of this writing, it’s only at $20, so what are you waiting for?

HP’s Elite 3 megapixel stereo webcam

Posted in Webcams by Conner Flynn on March 31st, 2008

HP’s Elite 3 megapixel stereo webcam
This strange looking web camera from HP reminds me of an old desk lamp. It’s compatible with all the major video chat solutions, like Yahoo, Skype, MS Messenger, AIM. The cam clips onto your monitor and features a 3 megapixel CMOS camera capable of shooting video ranging from 640 x 480 pixels at 30fps quality on down to 1,600 x 1,200 at 5fps.

It also has a built-in stereo microphone, face tracking and Magic-i video effects software, 3 programmable buttons, and a sliding “privacy cover” so you know that it is really off. It’s pretty sexy.