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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: May 5, 2010 @ 11:57 pm

    Tech tools: Microsoft LifeCam HD6000

    Ciara O'Brien

    Made specifically for notebooks, the Microsoft LifeCam HD6000 brings your notebook up to date with some high-definition video capability.

    Simply clip the camera on to your notebook, connect it via USB and you are ready to start filming. It features true 720p HD video at 30 frames per second, as well as auto focus to help you get the best picture possible, keeping the image sharp even in close-ups. A 360-degree rotating lens captures all the action, turning halfway in both directions. The new camera also features something called True Colour Technology, which adjusts
    exposure automatically depending on the lighting conditions. In practice, this means that even if you are filming a backlit subject, the camera will adjust the brightness and colour to capture the best image possible.

    As a Microsoft product, it is optimised for use with Windows Messenger, but you can also use it with other video applications such as Skype.

    www.microsoft.com

    • Kynos says:

      I think it’d be cool if you had a little flat cam bout the size of a dime or a eurocent could stick to your LCD and on the far side would be a little light magnet not interfering with your LCD’s workings in any way but serving to guide a piece of software that would tag on your OS and would darken a round space on your desktop and move programmes out from it and icons and windows and so forth as you moved your little cam about your screen. I think that’d be good it’d mean you could look more naturally at the person you were talking to and that annoying notebook cam clip is a clumsy thing falls off and has too many balance problems. You could even charge your little screen cam by magnetic induction through the little magnetic plate qua charging port while it was in situ. Need to make it bluetooth or wifi enabled of course so it could talk to everything. john o’driscoll