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DoubleSight’s 7″ and 9″ low-cost USB sub-displays

DoubleSight’s 7″ and 9″ low-cost USB sub-displays

We've a soft-spot for USB-connecting mini LCD displays - they're a nifty way to get Photoshop toolbars, IM windows, Twitter apps and other windows off your main display but keep them readily visible - so we're glad to see more options hitting the market.  DoubleSight have three sub-displays to choose from, starting from the 7-inch DS-70U and then breaking into the hitherto unusual 9-inch segment with the DS-90U and DS-90UC.

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HP SkyRoom 2D/3D videoconferencing system launches [Video]

HP SkyRoom 2D/3D videoconferencing system launches [Video]

HP have outed their new video conferencing system, HP SkyRoom, with the promise of live conversation and desktop collaboration for up to four users simultaneously and at potentially HD resolution.  First mentioned back at the launch of the flagship Z800 workstation in March, SkyRoom already has some high-profile contented users including an F1 team.  It uses data transfer technologies that NASA used with their Mars rovers, thanks to sub-100ms latency.

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BrickHouse Global Watchman rugged remote CCTV camera

BrickHouse Global Watchman rugged remote CCTV camera

We've seen cellularly-enabled CCTV cameras before - capable of shooting images across the mobile networks and directly to your cellphone - but never have they been so droid-like in their design.  BrickHouse Security's motion-activated Global Watchman is a ruggedized 1.3-megapixel camera with onboard battery and IR flash for discretely illuminating nighttime scenes.

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Hercules Dualpix HD720p high-def webcam

Hercules Dualpix HD720p high-def webcam

Don't back away from the screen in terror; we've had it on good authority that the Hercules Dualpix HD720p you see here is actually considerably smaller in real life.  What such a large image does help show you, though, is that the webcam is HD 720p capable, complete with an autofocus lens and integrated microphone.

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OmniVision Takes a Step Toward High Definition Web and Mobile Phone Cameras

OmniVision Takes a Step Toward High Definition Web and Mobile Phone Cameras

Today marks the day that OmniVision announced a sensor that could potentially make 1080p video capture a very real possibility in mobile devices. And not in ten years. The sensor is called the OV2710, and it can record the HD resolution at 30 frames per second, and it utilizes a 2-megapixel camera that matches the format. Keeping the megapixels low adds quite a few benefits, like lower expenses and getting better image quality in low lighting situations.

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Intel mix face-tracking and speech-recognition for better hands-free PC control

Intel mix face-tracking and speech-recognition for better hands-free PC control

If you've tried to use speech recognition to control your computer, then you may have experienced the frustration of finding "George, stop touching that!" transcribed into your letter to the bank since the system doesn't differentiate between your dictation and your asides.  Intel are hoping to put a stop to all that, with their integration of facial-recognition and speech-recognition; part of the company's Research team experimentation, the prototype uses a webcam to track facial movement and only turn on speech-control when the user is facing their monitor.

Video demo after the cut

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