Site breached privacy by showing video feeds from unsecured webcams
A Russian website showing live video feeds from unsecured webcams has come under fire from a British government regulator. The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) of the United Kingdom has called for Russian authorities to take action against the site, "Insecam," which breaches the privacy of thousands of people who do not realize someone else may be watching, as well as calling for device owners to secure their cameras.
Flutter tracks hands, uses gestures to control music, video
Google has acquired hand tracking and gesture recognition startup Flutter. Using a webcam, the app for Mac and Windows can be used to navigate music and media players such as Spotify, iTunes, YouTube, and Netflix, with open-palm and thumb-based commands allowing to play and pause, fast forward, and rewind content.
Webcam has 50-foot range, Ustream compatible
Logitech has formally announced its new HD Broadcaster Wi-Fi Webcam aimed at bloggers and video professionals. Previously leaked under the name "Wireless Webcam for Mac", the camera can wirelessly transmit 720p video at a distance of up to 50 feet over Wi-Fi to an iOS device, a Mac, or a Ustream account.
Site uses webcam, face detection to spot leaning
Google's latest Chrome Experiment combines Cirque du Soleil with webcam controls. Movi.Kanti.Revo. lets users navigate through the site by speaking into a microphone or leaning left and right, in a demonstration of how a mixture of CSS with 3D transitions. HTML5 APIs, and the getUserMedia feature of WebRTC could be used in the future.
Logitech rolls out latest 720p TV Cam with Skype
Logitech has revealed its TV Cam HD with Skype video calling. Unlike the previous version, which required users to have a TV with a free USB port, the new model works with any TV with a free HDMI port. It will connect to the Internet either through Wi-Fi or by direct connection through an Ethernet port and does not require a computer.
1080p, with 120-degree field of vision
In an industry first, peripheral maker Genius announced a 1080p 120-degree ultra wide angle USB2 web camera. The Widecam F100 shoots video for web chats in 1080p and is compatible with Skype, FaceTime, Logitech Vid HD, Windows Live Messenger and Yahoo Messenger. An integrated stereo microphone rounds out the features of the new camera.
Does not yet support all cameras Evo 3 did
As mentioned last week, Evological has completely re-written and re-designed EvoCam 4 to be a modern all-Cocoa application, now requiring Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. The webcam software now features H.264 video with AAC audio, as well as RTSP-over-HTTP and HTTP live streaming using HTML5, allowing EvoCam broadcasts to be viewed on mobile devices such as the iPhone and iPad without the need to install a viewer app. The program can also be used to set up networked cameras.
Ideal for older computers, Skype HD calling
Creative Technology believes it has solved the issue of less-than-ideal, choppy video calling with its new Creative Live! Cam inPerson HD webcam, which features an integrated H.264 video encoding processor to ensure the fastest possible frame rate with the least amount of computer resources. This makes it possible for older or notebook computers that lack sufficient built-in video processing to enjoy a significantly improved picture quality and consistency.
Includes webcam, supports 10.5 and 10.6
Mino Monitors has unveiled a new iMo eye9 mini-monitor, capable of extending the screen "real estate" of PCs and Macs via USB with both touchscreen capability and an included webcam. It can be used in a variety of ways, from digital picture frame to touch-based second window, where for example palettes or controls where touch could be used could be "stored" off the main screen.
Mass production expected to begin in June
OmniVision has unveiled its latest electronic component, the OV2720 image sensor with support for 1080p video. The compact design is claimed to be the first 1/6-inch, native 1080p/30fps CMOS sensor capable of fitting into the thin housings of netbook lids, netbooks, or other video conferencing devices.
Bluetooth extender adds range to BT-1 Webcam
Ecamm Network has launched a new accessory to go with its BT-1 Wireless Webcam, the BTX Bluetooth Range Extender. The device is claimed to improve the Macís Bluetooth signal, extending BT-1's range by up to 100 feet. The BTX extender also enables Bluetooth connectivity on systems lacking integrated components. Users can attach and power the BTX accessory simply by plugging it into an open USB port.
Bluetooth webcam ships
Ecamm has released a Bluetooth-based webcam, the BT-1. The webcam, the first-to-market with Bluetooth technology according to company, provides standard 640x480 H.264 video resolution and 48KHz AAC audio. It has a built-in rechargeable battery that provides four hour performance between charges and its wireless range is 30 feet -- an extender is promised soon that would boost the range to 200 feet. The webcam works with applications like iChat, Skype, QuickTime Pro Player and Broadcaster, YouTube and Photo Booth.
BT-1 Wireless Webcam
Ecamm Network has announced the BT-1, a Bluetooth webcam for Mac. The device offers streaming H.264 video at 640 by 480 pixel resolution and 48kHz AAC stereo audio. An included flexible mini-tripod allows users to mount or position the camera for a variety of applications. The internal battery is claimed to offer roughly four hours of usage and the package comes with a USB charging cable. The BT-1 is said to work with applications such as iChat and Skype.
DealNN: Cavalry SSD
Today's DealNN deals include a variety of products from solid state drives and printers to flash drives. First up is the 32GB Cavalry Pelican solid state drive priced at $79.99 at Buy.com. Get VMware Fusion 1.0 with free upgrade to version 2.0 at MacMall.com for $14.99 after mail in rebate. RadioShack.com is offering a buy-one-get-one deal on two different products, the 4GB SanDisk Cruzer micro and the Gigaware VGA PC webcam, both priced at $19.99. The Canon Pixma all in one color printer is priced at $64.99 at Newegg.com. CompUSA.com is offering the 32GB Patriot Xporter XT for $64.99 with a $20 mail in rebate offer that drops the price down to $44.99.
Macally announces new gear
Macally has announced two new products: a webcam called the IceCam2 and a 7-port USB hub called the TriHub. The IceCam2 is a driver-free USB webcam with microphone, capable of 30 frames per second at 640x480 resolution. It can swivel 360 degrees horizontally and 135 degrees vertically, has spring-loaded clips to keep it securely attached to a flat panel, and has adjustable focus. It requires Mac OS X 10.4.11 and above for iChat and Skype and also works with Windows XP (SP2). It is priced at $30 plus shipping and is available now.