Dell released its first LCD monitor with an integrated Webcam today with the 20-inch Dell SP2008WFP. The 2.0-megapixel Webcam sits next to a microphone above the wide-screen display and can do video and photos and--with the included software--lets you engage in such activities as remote monitoring, motion detection, and time-lapse video capturing. The specs: 1,680x1,050 native resolution, HDCP support, a fast 2ms response time (gray-to-gray), and a high contrast ratio of 2000:1. The display features Dell's new silver color scheme and serves up four USB 2.0 ports in addition to DVI and VGA video … Read more
We think it's somewhat cheeky for a product to call itself "Hercules," especially when it's only a Webcam. It's kind of like Bill Gates wearing a Conan the Barbarian costume for Halloween. Nevertheless, we do admit that we're intrigued by the design of the latest product to bear the name.
The "Deluxe Optical Glass Webcam" has kind of a steampunk feel to it, with a glass lens that looks like something you might see on Captain Nemo's Nautilus. Yet its thorougly modern features include a 3x zoom, 1.3-megapixel resolution, a … Read more
On Tuesday, Yahoo released an updated version of Yahoo Messenger, designed to patch a vulnerability in the Webcam feature first exploited last week.
The China-based exploit causes a heap overflow to be triggered when the target accepts a Webcam invitation. After opening an invitation, a remote attacker could execute malicious code on a compromised machine.
Users who downloaded or had installed Yahoo Messenger prior to August 21 should update to the latest version, Yahoo Messenger version 18.104.22.1686.
They no longer bother with thinly veiled disguises; now they're coming out of their unholy closets in full ocular glory, as evidenced by Envision's "V-Cam." This orbital creature looks exactly like a giant eye staring you down with nary a blink as it transmits 1.3-megapixel video and 4-megapixel still shots with a five-glass lens and automatic face detection.
Boynq, the company that may have the best name in all of the Netherlands, actually debuted this fashion-conscious multi-tasking speaker system earlier in the year at CES, but it's worth noting again now that it's finally arriving on the market.
Along with its "Audio Lens Technology" surround sound, the strangely named "Alibi" includes a microphone and a Webcam peeking out of the top, with an ingeniously situated volume control in the form of a silver band that looks like a girdle tightened around its waist. We were sold on this adornment based on its … Read more
We always suspected it was true, and now we have confirmation: Alien eyeballs are invading the planet. There have been all manner of thinly veiled ocular disguises, ranging from loudspeakers to super magnifiers, but the true masterminds have taken the form of Webcams.
The indisputable proof? An appendaged speciman of an eyeball Webcam has been photographed and posted on Tokyomango, masquerading as a replica of a Japanese ghost named "Medama no Oyaji" who, oddly enough, walks around naked and "speaks in a really high voice." (We hope those two characteristics aren't related.) Come to think … Read more
As much as we liked the "Happy Kid" and "Bubble Head" Webcams, this one has gone too far. The oddly named "GeekPark" USB Webcam (a play on South Park?) is basically the Cabbage Patch equivalent of computer peripherals. The pint-sized dolls have adjustable heads, legs and arms, as well as a camera lense embedded in their torsos.
Perhaps the strangest thing of all is their individual names--"Ms. B," "Mr. G," et al--which are remind us of "Mr. Pink" and "Mr. Brown" from Reservoir Dogs. Which … Read more
Some of us at Crave will fully admit to being suckers for the sleek designs of many Philips products, but we must part ways with the fashion-conscious European in this one instance, for it has apparently joined ranks with the Webcam creature brigade. The 1.3-megapixel SPC520NC and SPC220NC (catchy!) may be easy to use, as Tech Digest says, but we think they look more like a cobra ready to strike--and that's the last thing we want to have perched in front of our faces all day. Or maybe it just means we've been watching way too many … Read more
It's can't compare with the "Happy Kids" Webcam in our opinion, but Brando's "USB Crystal Clip Cam" definitely seems versatile with its 180-degree rotation. Plus, the wide clip would make it pretty easy to position along the edges of any LCD monitor or laptop screen, and the camera has built-in LEDs to illuminate your night-vision chatting, though that's still more than we want to know. It won't be winning any awards for aesthetics, nor will its specs produce the best-quality photography, but at $18.50, it's hard to complain.