We first saw the Minoru 3D webcam back in October 2008, but the first reviews are only just coming in now. Crave managed to get their hands on the double-camera gadget and shot some test images and video, finding it to be a surprisingly straightforward way of getting a 3D effect.
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Sony have revealed plans to add facial recognition capabilities to their PlayStation Eye webcam, potentially stealing part of Microsoft's Project Natal thunder. According to Kish Hirani, Sony Europe's head of developer services, the functionality will soon be added to the existing hardware, with developer libraries available for games studios so that they don't need to exert effort specifically coding for the new system.
If the thought of remotely controlling you Rovio robot webcam from a cellphone is appealing, but you don't have a BlackBerry, then AndRovio may be the solution. Poignant Projects' app runs on Android devices, and allows full control of Rovio including live webcam viewing, camera position control and snapshots.
Autonomous, intelligent robots are great, but when they look like classic Transformers characters they're even better. The handiwork of Mellon University's Tekkotsu lab, the Chiara Robot has six independent legs, a claw arm with six degrees of freedom, and a combination of webcam and IR rangefinder for spotting objects and obstacles. Even better, this is no simple lab project: the Chiara Robot will actually be manufactured and sold by RoPro Design.
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D-Link have announced two new network webcams which promise plug-and-play remote viewing using the company’s online streaming portal. The D-Link Network Camera DCS-1100 launches today, while the DCS-1130 – with WiFi draft-n – arrives later in the month.
Both cameras can be accessed from any browser by going to D-Link’s mydlink.com portal. However they can also be used to stream live video to cellphones, with sound from the integrated microphone and remote control of 16x digital zoom and motion detection.
Tiny gadgets have an unmistakable allure, so a 5.5 x 2 x 2 cm camcorder is always going to catch our eye. The Muvi Micro Camcorder is apparently the smallest in the world, but marketing hyperbole aside it does offer a compact way to capture VGA 640 x 480 25fps video to microSD card.
Color us a little confused on this one, but we'll never knowingly turn down a cool touchscreen tablet. According to our tipster, you're looking at the 8-inch wireless control unit for Hong Kong telecoms provider PCCW's new Eye 2 service, which will blend multimedia services like NowTV, Moov and Snaap! with video calling.
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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.
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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.