Curious as to what's happening at the top of Mount Everest? Tune in to the world's highest webcam and you could find out for yourself, without having to strap on heavy-duty boots and goggles. The Mobotix M12 camera was installed by Italy's Ev-K2-CNR scientific committee as part of a Nepalese government project, running on solar power at the top of the 5,675m high Kala Patthar summit.
There's a video out there this weekend, folks one called "Webcam 101 for Seniors", one that if you haven't already seen, you're sure as heck about to. It features a couple of United States citizens by the names of Bruce and Esther Huffman who unknowingly captured themselves in a video attempting to make their computer's webcam take a photo. While this at first may seem like any other "fail" sort of video that'd make those in the video feel embarrassed beyond belief, this complete accident is making the Huffman's smile as well. It's a joy for me to publish such a story, especially since this whole story started when the now senior Bruce Huffman was paid 5 cents to make his most impressive and professional monkey face when he was eight years old.
Logitech has outed its latest webcam, the Logitech HD Webcam C615, and as the name suggests it's all about the high definition visuals. Capable of streaming 720p HD through Skype, FaceTime for Mac or other video conferencing services, as well as recording 1080p HD local clips, the C615 has a nifty rotating mount that can either clip to your laptop or attach to a tripod.
Garmin has released its latest PND, and the nuvi 2565RT promises not only to tell you where to go but watch you as you drive there. The 5-inch unit has a user-positionable GDR-10 camera that records 720p HD video to microSD, and which can be clipped onto the windshield mount so as to create a geotagged log.
Logitech has outed its latest webcam, the Logitech TV Cam for Skype, a $149.99 peripheral that turns your Skype-supporting HDTV into a video conferencing system. Initially only supporting certain Panasonic 2011 sets, Logitech says it is working with other TV manufacturers to broaden support for the 720p HD video camera.
D-Link has outed its latest wireless security camera, the D-Link Wireless N Day/Night Network Camera DCS-932L. Packing a WiFi-n connection and streaming to your computer, iPhone, iPad or Android device, the webcam also has a built-in IR array for up to 16-feet nighttime range.
In the robotics world, silicone rubber can be either used for disturbing evil, such as the slug-like Elphoid P1 humanoid cellphone, or for bug-eyed good, like French firm Robopec's endearing REETI. The desktop companion is both a PC, a webcam and a telepresence 'bot, capable of streaming live video from his webcam eyes, responding to touch thanks to various embedded sensors, and making facial expressions.
Although this feature has been a staple for a couple other notable mobile OS groups for at least several months now, webOS has today introduced video calling, and it looks pretty darn nice. We're live at the HP / webOS event today learning all about the new devices and the new OS: webOS 3.0, which will be running on each of them. In the middle of a talk about using the TouchPad with the new Kindle app, HP introduced not only the ability to use the tablet as a telephone, but the swiftness in switching directly to video chat at the touch of a button.
Rupert Murdoch and Apple's Eddie Cue officially announced The Daily yesterday, but according to one "eyewitness report" that's not the only unveiling that took place. Reuters claims to have a source who "saw what appeared to be a working model of the next iPad with a front-facing camera" at the show, though the report is heavy on filler and light on actual details.
Anybots' telepresence business robots have now begun shipping, offering remote control of a balancing robot with two-way audio and video. Billed as a challenge to business travel, Anybots went up for pre-order back in July 2010; those customers will start to get their 'bots this week, while new orders will ship in March.