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Grandstream GXV3140 plug-&-play IP multimedia phone

Grandstream GXV3140 plug-&-play IP multimedia phone

Grandstream have announced a new IP phone, the GXV3140 IP Multimedia Phone, and unlike most of its rivals this isn't a launch solely for the benefit of big enterprise customers.  The Grandstream GXV3140 supports VoIP and video conferencing via an integrated 1.3-megapixel webcam, together with IM, internet access and streaming radio, and the company claim that out-of-the-box you can be making video calls within minutes of plugging it into a broadband router.

 

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HP Mini 1000 webcam: unofficial fix video

HP Mini 1000 webcam: unofficial fix video

Ripping off the protective plastic from a new gadget is half the fun of buying it, but what do you do when the manufacturer seals it up inside the device?  That's what HP Mini 1000 owners are finding, after the company shipped the netbooks with a protective black-tinted film stuck across the webcam.  HP aren't officially recognizing it as a manufacturing problem, but Gear Diary persuaded an HP employee to star in a video of how to dismantle your Mini 1000 and remove the offending plastic.

Video of the surgery after the cut

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ASUS AiGuru SV1 videophone reviewed: expensive way to Skype simply

ASUS AiGuru SV1 videophone reviewed: expensive way to Skype simply

Tin-foil jumpsuits, freeze-dried food and standalone videophones.  Thankfully only one of these has generally come to be a part of the 21st century (though what you get up to at the weekend is your own business), and with the AiGuru SV1 standalone Skype videophone ASUS are obviously hoping to make a splash.  Pocket-lint have been taking a look at the battery-powered device.

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Pseudo-3D video chat uses generic webcam & clever software

Pseudo-3D video chat uses generic webcam & clever software

Aiming to make video conferencing more realistic, Chris Harrison and Scott E. Hudson of CMU's Human Computer Interaction Institute have developed an implementation of pseudo-3D which can allow the viewer to "see around" the person they're currently talking with.  Although 3D conferencing equipment is already commercially available, this particular setup differs as it uses a standard webcam - such as found in most new notebooks.

Video demo after the cut

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Apple files patent for camera hidden in an LCD screen

Apple files patent for camera hidden in an LCD screen

We all know what Apple has been pushing out the patents for ideas that range from being very practice and useful to just outright off the wall. The latest of patents made by Apple to be released into the world is an iSight camera that is placed behind the display screen in what is depicted as a MacBook.

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CES 2009: iRiver WAVE HOME multimedia device hands-on

CES 2009: iRiver WAVE HOME multimedia device hands-on

iRiver can always be relied on to bring something interesting to CES, and this year is no exception.  The WAVE HOME is this year's multimedia maven, combining local video and music playback, internet access and VoIP voice and messaging into a compact, minimalist desktop unit.  SlashGear stopped by the iRiver booth to spend some hands-on time with the WAVE, and while it might do its darnedest to defy categorisation, that didn't stop us wanting to bring it home.

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The WowWee Spyball: Just a regular ball, nothing to see here…

The WowWee Spyball: Just a regular ball, nothing to see here…

Here's a pretty cool device that has all sorts of mischievous potential.  The WowWee Spyball is a remote controlled webcam hidden inside a futuristic-looking plastic ball.  Note to WowWee: the ball's appearance might be kind of a giveaway.

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Novo Minoru is the first 3D webcam for use with your old 3D glasses

Novo Minoru is the first 3D webcam for use with your old 3D glasses

Now I know there are still a few of those old time blue and red 3D image fanatics left out there. Novo has not forgotten about this portion of the population, in fact they have just released the Novo Minoru – the world’s first 3D webcam. Yes its time to dust off the old cardboard glasses.

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ASUS AiGuru SV1 standalone Skype videophone

ASUS AiGuru SV1 standalone Skype videophone

Skype have begun selling ASUS' standalone webcam-equipped VoIP phone, the AiGuru SV1.  Intended for those who don't want to deal with a full laptop for their video conferencing, the SV1 has an integrated 800 x 480 7-inch display, microphone, webcam and speakerphone; it uses either WiFi or a wired ethernet connection, and has a rechargeable battery.

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Geniesys OptiEyes Bluetooth 1.3MP covert video camera

Geniesys OptiEyes Bluetooth 1.3MP covert video camera

If you're suspicious about what might be happening less than 100m away from you, then Geniesys Technologies' OptiEyes Bluetooth 1.3-megapixel video camera may be just the ticket.  Measuring just 69 x 21 x 13.25 mm and weighing in at 15g, the OptiEyes is capable of streaming QVGA video or sending VGA quality images to a nearby cellphone or computer via a Bluetooth connection.

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Samsung HD CMOS webcam

Samsung HD CMOS webcam

Samsung have unveiled a new high-definition webcam small enough to be embedded into the bezel of a notebook or LCD display.  The new 1/4-inch S5K4AW CMOS chip has 1.2-megapixel standard resolution, and is capable of recording 1280 x 960 video at 30fps or 640 x 480 video at 60fps.  It also boasts improved low-light performance, though at the expense of image quality.

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iPhone-controlled remote dog webcam & treat dispenser

iPhone-controlled remote dog webcam & treat dispenser

What can you do in 90 minutes?  If you're Stephen Myers, you can set up a webcam-enabled dog-treat dispenser that you can remotely access from your iPhone.  Created from a CD spindle case, scraps of cardboard, a servo motor and some random junk Stephen found lying around his house, the system allows him to watch his dog from the Apple smartphone and dispense a tasty treat.

Check out the demo video after the cut

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