High school students in Pennsylvania have filed a lawsuit against the Lower Merion School District for spying on them using webcams issued to students, without prior awareness or consent. The strange thing? School admins tracked students’ activities at their own homes.
It wasn't all OMAP4 overload at Texas Instruments' stand here at Mobile World Congress 2010; the company is also showing off its latest attempts at gesture recognition. TI reckons tomorrow's smartphones could better be controlled by single- or multiple- finger gestures performed in front of the handset, rather than multitouch limited to the display, and they've come up with a way to recognize 3D movements with a single, inexpensive webcam.
Mobile World Congress may have a cellular-focus, but that doesn't mean it's all about phones. One of the more interesting devices SlashGear have been following this year is Notion Ink's Adam tablet, the Tegra-based Android touchscreen slate that promises to oust all thoughts of the iPad from your imagination, and they're quietly bringing their latest wares to the show. They're latest prototype is still en-route from manufacturing, but to whet our appetite the company sent over some new video of Adam's rotating webcam and its Flash support.
There's been some talk recently of the Big Trak re-release, but if you're looking for a truly modern reinterpretation of the programable robot then Wild Planet's new Spy Video TRAKR may better fit the bill. The remote-control 'bot comes with a child-friendly PC-based programming system, which allows users to create custom routines and load them onto the TRAKR. As for the robot itself, it uses 2.4GHz wireless and has an integrated camera, speaker and microphone, and comes preloaded with motion-sensing and night-vision apps.
The omission of a front-facing webcam from the Apple iPad has been a point of criticism by many over the past week, but judging by some photos of internal components the Cupertino company may be planning to address that. Mission:Repair, who specialise in repairing electronics, claim to have received their first batch of iPad parts, and spotted that a MacBook webcam assembly fits perfectly into a gap in the iPad's frame.
After Orange France's seeming on-air blunder (aka "taken out of context" misinterpretation) earlier this week regarding the Apple iSlate tablet, the specification mystery deepens with another tidbit from Daring Fireball's John Gruber. Last heard describing the iSlate project as "a cone of silence", the well-connected blogger now says that, as far as he's heard, the Apple tablet has "no camera, webcam or otherwise".
Securing a deal with Apple is the kind of thing any carrier executive would want to crow about, but we're still somewhat dubious about Orange France VP Stéphane Richard's apparent on-air confirmation of the Apple iSlate tablet. Interviewed by French radio station Europe1, Richard is asked about the persistent rumors that Apple will announce a webcam-enabled Tablet in a few days time, something to which he answers yes; he then - in one interpretation - goes on to confirm that Orange customers would benefit from such a device.
FaceVsion has partnered with Skype to develop a high definition webcam optimized for Skype video calling dubbed the FV TouchCam N1, which promises to make HD video calling over internet a reality. FaceVsion claims that it has overcome the current HD video communication issues of insufficient CPU power and laggy internet connection, with the new HD webcam.
The thing I dislike about most webcams is that they are designed to sit on the top of your monitor. That means that depending on how large an LCD you use the camera is either up too high making you have to look up at it or down to low so you have to hunch over. IPEVO has unveiled a new webcam called the P2V that is on an articulating arm and can be more at your level.
We're not entirely convinced by the idea of naming your autonomous webcam "The Mole"; after all, when it comes to eyesight moles aren't especially known for their 20/20 vision. Still, we'll overlook that since Astak's Mole is pretty nifty: a motion-activated IP webcam, with WiFi and wired ethernet connections, that can automatically upload footage to YouTube together with sending out email and Twitter messages.