It's very rare to find a webcam today that is on eye level with the person using it. That means when you make video calls or have video chat session you end up looking up to the person or down on them depending on where the webcam is located.
It may look a little like Project Natal, but this lengthy webcam is actually Panasonic's Skype camera for their latest HDTVs. The Panasonic TY-CC10W is intended to use with select Viera models, bringing 720p HD video and active noise cancellation audio to the sets for straightforward video conversations.
Samsung Electronics have announced two new laptop webcam CMOS sensors, the S5K6A1 and S5K5B3, which the company reckons are good enough to grab real-time HD video at 30fps. Intended for video conferencing and recording, the 1.3-megapixel S5K6A1 and 2.1-megapixel S5K5B3 chips also support a high-speed VGA mode for low-bandwidth connections.
I am totally not the video calling kind of guy. I tend to pick my nose and burp at inappropriate times and you never know when I will make that "you are a moron face" when I am talking to people. Video would really betray my seemingly nice nature to the people who know me.
We're still waiting for the first Windows Phone 7 series handsets to go on sale - something not expected until late in 2010 - but that hasn't stopped the dreamers among us wondering what larger devices based on the platform might look like. Designer Umang Dokey reckons the most obvious application is an 8-inch tablet, complete with a capacitive touchscreen and dual-webcams for 3D chat, and he's put together the demo video to prove it.
Video demo after the cut
Microsoft have outed three new webcams, each of which use the company's new TrueColor Technology for improved color balance and exposure. The new range includes the LifeCam HD-5000 and HD-5001, intended for desktop users, and the LifeCam HD-6000 for Notebooks; each supports 720p HD video recording and auto-focus.
We mentioned recently that a school in PA is in hot water over allegedly spying on students in their homes by activating the webcams on school provided notebooks. The school naturally denies that the feature is used for spying with claims that the feature is to allow it to find lost or stolen notebooks.
Rumors - and complaints - about the absence of video chat functionality in the iPhone and iPad aren't anything new, but seemingly fresh to the table are signs in the iPhone OS 3.2 SDK of video calling in a future hardware build. 9to5mac spotted "AcceptVideo" and "DeclineOrEndVideo" icons in the SDK, as well as hints of deeper software functionality and apps in the underlying code.