Bob Rankin: Time to Buy a Webcam?

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By Bob Rankin

The 90’s are over, and you still don’t have a webcam? Lots of laptops come with built-in webcams, but if you have a desktop computer, it’s pretty simple to install and use one. If you’re not convinced, read on for some fun and practical uses for a webcam…

What Can You Do With a Webcam?

Webcams have come a long way in the past ten years. The first webcams were difficult to set up; video and image quality were poor; and lack of bandwidth made motion pictures jerky. But today, a full 1080p HD (high definition) webcam will set you back less than $100, and there are 101 things you can do with it.

Video chatting is one of the most popular uses for webcams these days. Many webcams are designed to work with Skype, making video chat a plug-and-play affair that grandparents really appreciate. The Skype-certified FaceVsion TouchCam N1 shoots 720p video and comes with a powerful dual microphone that captures sound from all around the device – great for group chats. One of the best features of this webcam is that you don’t have to install any software, download drivers or anything — just plug it in! One potential problem is that the cable may to be too short if computer’s systme unit sits on the floor. A USB extension cable will solve the problem, though.

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