Ecamm Network Demos Remote iPhone Camera at MWSF

Discussion in 'Macworld San Francisco 2008' started by MacRumors, Jan 17, 2008.

  1. MacRumors
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    Apr 12, 2001

    The folks at Ecamm Network in the West Hall were showing off their suite of products. Many probably know them from their product iChatUSBCam, which has allowed USB webcams to work with iChat for some time.

    However, what was probably the coolest software that they were demoing in their booth was a proof-of-concept that used the iPhone's camera as a remote webcam for iChat. Beyond just being a cool concept, it can be useful if you want to show the other participant of the conference something in the other room.

    The technology currently works as a 3rd party application installed on the iPhone. When the iPhone is connected to your WiFi network and the application is loaded on the iPhone, your computer can use Bonjour to detect the iPhone's camera and voila.

    In its current incarnation, it isn't ready for prime-time. After a few minutes, the picture would freeze, and connection would have to be manually re-established. There's also no word on availability as of yet, though a trip over to Ecamm's website would be good if not just for this product, but to check out their other software as well.


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  2. iBLAKEE
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    Jan 16, 2008
    That is awesome...
    Hopefully apple would consider this into the SDK.
  3. quinney
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    Jul 22, 2007
  4. Brianstorm91
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    Sep 30, 2007
    Cambridge, UK
    As implied before, "wallah" is supposed to be "voila".
  5. bigandy
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    Apr 30, 2004
    this would be rather cool, especially if you can hook anything remote in to it, like ip cams... :eek:
  6. lazyrighteye
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    Jan 16, 2002
    Denver, CO

    The ability to take the iPhone (aka: your camera) away form your Mac during video chats presents some legit potential.

    While this could be done (to an extent) with the original firewire iSights, the cable limited these kind of options.

    I look forward to seeing how this shakes out.
  7. mrscholar
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    Sep 14, 2007
    Hmmm, What would really be cool...

    Is if Ecamm updated they're iChatUSB software to integrate fully with Leopard. After shooting off 11 emails back and forth to their tech support, I finally gave up...

    Oh well :(

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