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GofBorg
11-Apr-2012, 16:34
Those of you that are using webcams at home, what type of setup are you
using as far as camera/mic? Going to set one up for grandma so needs to be
non-geek level ease of use. This would be for a desktop machine.

malcolmlewis
11-Apr-2012, 16:47
On Wed, 11 Apr 2012 15:34:31 GMT
GofBorg <GofBorg@no-mx.forums.opensuse.org> wrote:

> Those of you that are using webcams at home, what type of setup are
> you using as far as camera/mic? Going to set one up for grandma so
> needs to be non-geek level ease of use. This would be for a desktop
> machine.
>
>
Hi
Skype on tablets (ASUS Transformer TF-101) here, MiL has one as well,
thing is it's nice and portable so it can be carried around to show
stuff etc. Maybe worth considering?

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Susan
11-Apr-2012, 18:59
We used two Microsoft webcams combined with VooDoo. The webcam is
auto-focus, and has a built-in microphone that picks up the sound just
fine. The auto-focus ones adjust for brightness, as well.

I used it to call John every day for well over a year, and he had one
on his end. We seldom had any problems with sound. When we did, it was
the VooDoo network, not the device. We had less trouble, at that time,
with the VooDoo network than we did with Skype.

The one cautionary item for the Microsoft webcams is I think they all
have some button that's pretty easy to touch that is a shortcut to
using Microsoft Live. We never used that, so I couldn't tell you if it
makes life easier or not.

Whatever you get, make sure to tape it in place once you have it
centered, so it can't be moved from left to right or up and down, and
the focus can't be adjusted. Cats, bumping the desk, dusting can all
easily move most webcams off target, or out of focus, where you end up
only being able to see the top of Grandma's head or the top of her desk
or the ceiling or her face is out of focus or something. It's not easy
for the elderly to figure out how to aim it, or focus it, especially if
they have shakey hands.

If she has an LCD monitor, I'd also do an outline in tape on the
desktop of where the monitor needs to stay in order for things to work
right.

This is a nice webcam, good images:
http://www.amazon.com/Microsoft-LifeCam-Cinema-720p-Webcam/dp/B002MCZJ78
and this one is even better:
http://www.buy.com/prod/microsoft-lifecam-studio-full-1080p-hd-webcam/219368367.html

:)


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Susan
11-Apr-2012, 19:24
P.S. Don't get a TRENDnet. <G>

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GofBorg
11-Apr-2012, 21:40
Thanks.

What is voodoo?

GofBorg
11-Apr-2012, 21:41
> Skype on tablets (ASUS Transformer TF-101) here, MiL has one as well,

Unlikely to happen, but thanks for the option.

Susan
11-Apr-2012, 21:55
Greg:

LOL, I meant OooVoo! LOL!

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GofBorg
11-Apr-2012, 22:23
> LOL, I meant OooVoo! LOL!

Ah...I was having visions of rubber chickens.

kgroneman
13-Apr-2012, 16:11
I just use Google chat with the built in camera/mic of my ASUS tablet
or my wife's ACER laptop which also has built in camera/mic. I already
use Google everything anyway so using their built in chat is a natural.
What's cool is to use a Google+ hangout so you can have a group video
chat with multiple people in multiple locations. A couple of groups I
know of here at work use it for team meetings.

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