Next generation webcam technology

Discussion in 'Current Events' started by edesignuk, Jul 1, 2004.

  1. edesignuk Moderator emeritus


    Mar 25, 2002
    London, England
    Full Article.
  2. aswitcher macrumors 603


    Oct 8, 2003
    Canberra OZ
    Interesting idea.

    There was a single rumor about a new iSight model from Apple. I wonder how long the iSight will stay around before they upgrade. I guess they could increase the CCD, maybe add a zoom to allow a good wideangle. Those would improve low light and allow for easier conferencing at each camera.
  3. stoid macrumors 601


    Feb 17, 2002
    So long, and thanks for all the fish!
    Or, just put the camera mounted like the iSight and quit wasting your damn time and money.
  4. wdlove macrumors P6


    Oct 20, 2002
    I'm sure that Apple has something like this in the works already. The iSight is already a year old. When they introduce the upgrade it will be better than Microsoft's copy version. Apple is the innovator.
  5. jsw Moderator emeritus


    Mar 16, 2004
    Andover, MA
    I'm waiting for someone to put the CCD part on an arm that hangs over the monitor face - conceptually, like a coin taped to a string, which dangles over the monitor face (with proper protection, of course). The whole camera part would be smaller than a dime, the arm that it hangs on could be really thin, and you'd just stare at the person's face, which would be slightly eclipsed by the tiny camera sitting in the middle of your monitor.

    No new technology, no advanced image processing.

    Dumb idea, maybe. But as monitor sizes increase, and CCD sizes decrease, it might not be all that noticeable.
  6. Jalexster macrumors 6502a

    Jun 8, 2004
    What we need is a display that has a hole in the back that can "see" through, kinda like a two-way mirror. This way the iSight could me mounted behind the monitor, and and you position the video window over that spot, so when you look at the video window, the camera is picking up you looking straight at it.

    This may not work. Plus I have no idea what I am talking about. It's just an idea.
  7. neut macrumors 68000


    Nov 27, 2001
    here (for now)
    soon the monitor itself will be the camera... speakers can act like microphones; so why not monitors?

    i still have yet to use an iSight – cool widget though.

  8. iMook macrumors regular

    Mar 7, 2003
    What about, instead of creating a two-way window in the monitor, point the camera down from the top edge (or up from the bottom edge), use a narrow-field camera, and use a semi-silvered mirror suspended in front of your monitor to act as a reflector for image capture.Similar to a heads-up display, but for image capture, not display.The camera can be narrow-angle, but curving the mirror can produce a wide-angle image on the camera. This way, all you ideally see is a darker patch in the middle of your screen.

    And actually, a Japanese company showed off a prototype PDA display a few years ago which doubled as a B&W scanner. You press a business card up the screen, and the image capture sensor pixels will read the light reflected fromt eh screen's own backlight and capture a low-res scanned image of the business card. They did this by creating a two-in-one pixel: they positioned a display pixel and a sensor pixel side-by-side in place of a normal pixel. Of course, to adapt this to long-distance (non-contact) image capture requires the use of individual lenses for each sensor pixel, which would be quite a task. But, it's physically possible.

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