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Surveyor SRV-1 WiFi webcam robot

Surveyor SRV-1 WiFi webcam robot

If WowWee's Rovio whet your appetite for a remote-controlled WiFi webcam robot, but it's just too big to surreptitiously scurry around your office, then how about the Surveyor SRV-1 Mobile Robot.  Small enough to fit into a (relatively meaty) palm, the SRV-1 connects via WiFi b/g and can beam back video from its 1.3-megapixel camera.

Video demo of the SRV-1 after the cut

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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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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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