We love our pets and want to make sure they are happy and safe even when we're not home. And there are lots of fun apps and easy-to-install cameras for capturing your furry friend's activities while you're out of town or at the office. If you'd like to set up your own webcam to watch your dogs or kitties during the day, it's as easy as following these six steps to get started. Happy viewing!
If you've ever wondered what your grandparents might look like if they tried to figure out how to use their new webcam without you, look no further. This video of two adorable seniors, who just want to take a few pics of themselves, will definitely put a smile on your face this Friday.
When I first saw Back to the Future 2 back in 1989, I thought it was the coolest thing since Parachute Pants. I watched it over and over and wondered if this was how the future would really turn out to be.
One of the most memorable scenes for me was when Jennifer finds herself at her future home. Not only was the "Rehydrator" something I looked forward to, but Marty Jr.'s TV glasses and Marty Sr.'s video chat with his boss Needles totally blew my mind. These days, video chatting is a common way to communicate since it's accessible on all kinds of devices — from TVs to computers to phones. But more than just a way to say hello, video conferencing can be valuable in many areas of your life. Check out five simple ways you could utilize a webcam, or something like the new Umi Telepresence system, after the break.
You've seen our cell phone evolution features, where we show you how a certain celeb evolves from cell phone to smartphone, but today we're taking a look back at Twitter- and gadget-lover Ashton Kutcher's evolution (and de-evolution?) from camera, to webcam, to camera phone, and back again. Sure the star is partial to Nikon (he is the spokesperson, after all), but what other kinds of cameras has he been caught using? Find out in this slideshow!
I get lots of emails and messages asking for help on picking out a new computer, sound system, and cell phone, but not too often do I get asked for help to prepare for a new addition – a new dog! Community member nxtannawintour sent me the following message:
I'm in the process of buying a dachshund, which I've named Link - after Legends of Zelda, of course. Now I'm looking for gamer-esque accessories for the dog, like a collar, leash, and carrier. Do you know of any websites that sell anything of that sort? I come to the blog for all things geek for chicks and I felt that this would be the most qualified place to ask!
How could I resist!? I'm not all that familiar with doggie goods, so I've asked my pal PetSugar to get in on the action — she's got you covered on geeky pet accessories, while I'm offering up geeky gear which you can use to help you train, keep track of, and celebrate your pooch every day. Check out my selections here, but then head over to see what kinds of goodies PetSugar has found for your furry friends!
Augmented reality seems to be the next big thing on the tech horizon — already new apps and even umbrellas are using the technology — and it doesn't seem to be in short supply either. Just after we learned that Esquire will be using augmented reality in their upcoming issue, I realized that James Cameron has also harnessed the feature to promote his next big blockbuster. Every time you buy an Avatar product — whether it be an action figure or a branded can of Coke — you can use your webcam to have some fun with 3D right in your home. Just hold the product up to your webcam, and you'll see a interactive 3D character on your screen. Sure, you can't do much with a 3D character, but it might make me pick up a can of soda next time I hit the convenience store!
In addition, the latest three minute Avatar trailer was released over the weekend to the "world's largest trailer-viewing audience", proving that Mr. Cameron is willing to use a pretty big bag of tech tricks to get our butts in the theater next month!
Once it turns into "Hot Sun in the City," it's practically game over unless you have a stellar air conditioning system or some handy devices to help you stay cool all Summer long. Here are just a few of my favorite fun gadgets that will surely keep you and your electronics cool throughout the hot months.
You won't have to slave over a new webcam and steampunk it into fanciness, nor will you have to suffer through the shattering old bulbs or put your head underneath a black cloth like in the olden days. Even though that sounds awesome.
Only $35, but here's a nonsensical drawback — it's not Mac-compatible, and yet Urban Outfitters is displaying it with a Mac. D'oh!
The perfect Christmas gift for tech-savvy kids, these animal webcams are easy to set up and fun to use. Choose from a blue dog or a red dinosaur, although I swear they look more like funky cows! Each USB cam comes with a built-in mic for web chats and can only be used on PCs (sorry Mac fans). Priced at $19. Do you know any kids (or adults for that matter) that would love them?
I used to be a little shy about using webcams, but my mac has built-in iSight so I eventually let go of my insecurities and tested it out. Now my webcam helps me keep in touch with friends and family across the country, chat with other tech bloggers, and even check in on my BFF's adorable newborn. Sure, it sometimes feels silly and I wonder if my hair looks clean, but it's so nice to see my aunt's face when I talk to her online.
Even if you don't have a built-in camera, many people have become dependent on webcams like this one from Conof for keeping in contact with their family — particularly during the holidays. Where do you stand on the webcam divide?