July 08, 2003

Automatic face tracking webcam

This has been out for a couple of months already, but logitech's QuickCam Pro 400 latest driver update features, among others, automatic face tracking.

ugn says:"I just got a new webcam for the office live broadcast that you see to the right in my blog, this camera is awesome. Whats so cool about it? Well, whenever someone shows in frame, the camera will automatically zoom into that person's face. I originally bought it so that I could check over my hamster (topmost broadcast) but it seems that it just wouldn't work on it. I don't really know the inner workings of the algorythms that makes it happen, but it looks like it only works on human faces. Maybe it is because my shirt today looks more "face" than my face, but somehow the camera keeps on zooming into my shirt."

Check it our working over at ugn's blog.

Posted by marumushi at July 8, 2003 07:21 PM

I have the Logitech QuickCam Pro for Notebook and it did have the face tracking capability even with the old driver that came with the device. But I really do not like the face tracking thingy personally, not sure why but I do not feel much at ease with that option turn on.

Posted by: Brajeshwar at July 9, 2003 01:22 AM

Hi Brajeshwar,

Well, yeah, it may feel like... you are beeing watched all the time? Just kidding.
I think it is very usefull at least when you are moving around a bunch, specially when you are not working only on one machine, but 2, or more. (ugn has around 5 screens, 4 keyboards, 3 synthetizers and a lot more around his desk). So having the camera automatically zoom into you, is a big big plus when doing collaborative work over video chat.

Posted by: Marcos Weskamp at July 9, 2003 01:44 PM
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