Posted by J Powers at 11:28 AM on September 18, 2013
Virgin Mobile is running a new video on Youtube. It’s called “Blinkwashing”. You will need a webcam connected to your computer, which the YouTube page will calibrate your face and blinking. This will act as a remote control to switch the video up.
Every time you blink, the video changes. It doesn’t lose place in the video; it just moves to another video with the exact same script. Blink your eyes and you see two girls talking on the phone about Virgin mobile. Blink again and you see an aerial view of police cars and the script sounding like its coming from the CB. Blink again and two bikers are arm wrestling.
It doesn’t matter how many times you blink, the channel will change. If you don’t blink at all, the video will continue on. There is everything from a clown to a karaoke channel talking about Virgin Mobile.
When I tried this on my Macbook Pro, it worked like a charm. However, on my desktop sits an older Logitech 9000 webcam which brought problems. You won’t be able to do this on mobile devices.
Could this be the start of something new? There is a possibility. Other head movement instructions could turn Youtube videos into a “Choose your own adventure” video. Want to walk through a door on the left – turn your head to the left.
In the meantime, I think I’m going to switch over to Virgin Mobile now…
You may recall that last spring one of the most popular sites on the web was something called “Raptorcam” – also known as the “Decorah Eagle Cam”. Well, those same eagle mates have been using that same nest each spring and summer to hatch and raise their young and this spring is no different.
The male and and female eagles have returned to their Decorah, Iowa nest and have recently hatched three new young. Once again they are on 24-7 streaming video and once again they are under the watchful eye of hundreds of thousands of online viewers. You can watch them live at uStream or at Decorah Eagle Cam. You can get more information from the Raptor Resource Project. The happy family are now the number one most viewed live video of all time.
Posted by KL Tech Muse at 4:29 PM on March 15, 2012
I recently purchased a new Mac Mini and decided to upgrade my webcam at the same time. I had previously had been using an old Xbox Live Vision camera, which was one of the few cameras that didn’t cost and arm and a leg and worked with a Mac. However it was standard definition and I needed to do an upgrade. I wanted something that would produce good quality video, but was not too expensive. I discovered after doing a little research that my options were to go with Logitech or Logitech, and no that’s not a typo, there are not a lot of choices when it comes to web cameras for a Mac.
After looking through the options that Logitech had to offer I ended up getting the Logitech C310 camera. The Logitech C310 camera produces 710p video and it also has audio built-in. You can also use it to take still pictures. I have not tested this camera on a Windows machine, I do know from other reviews that there are options available on a PC that are not available on the Mac. On a Windows PC you can do one-click upload to Facebook that option is not available on a Mac. However whether you are on a Mac or a PC the Logitech C310 is compatible with most IM clients including Skype. If I was doing a video podcast I might have made a different choice, but for what I am using it for the C310 by Logitech works fine. I did a short video testing the camera which I have included above. If you do have a Mac and are looking for a good but inexpensive webcam I recommend you take a look at the Logitech C310.