We've seen automated guns and remote-control weapons here on SlashGear before, but this Nerf Sentry Gun is particularly slick. Designed and created by Jason Wright and Jeremy Blum as part of their robotics class at Cornell, the sentry uses a webcam to authenticate ID badges; if your name isn't on the list then, like Finland in Eurovision 2009, you're shot down.
Video demo after the cut
Microsoft's Xbox 360 webcam could be announced as early as at E3 next month, according to the latest sources talking to the WSJ, using 3D camera technology believed to have been acquired when the company bought start-up 3DV Systems. 3DV developed the ZCam, a 60fps 3D-capable camera that is reportedly low-cost, and which can track a gamers movements and gestures.
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
Netbooks may have been seen as the recession-proof answer to dwindling consumer electronics budgets, but failed sales goals suggest otherwise. Acer, ASUS and MSI are all said to have missed their sales targets for the first three months of 2009, according to channel vendors, pushing two of the three companies to invest more heavily in CULV ultraportables.
Dell's Full-HD 21.5-inch LCD, the Dell SX2210, is now on sale, offering 1920 x 1080 resolution and a super-snappy 2ms grey-to-grey response time. First spotted sharing press-shot space with the Dell Studio XPS 435 desktop back in February, the Dell SX2210 also has a 2-megapixel webcam that - if you're running Vista - will support facial recognition authentication.
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.
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
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.
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