Minoru 3D Webcam

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The webcam in action

The Minoru 3D Webcam is a stereoscopic webcam produced by Promotion and Display Technology of Salford, Greater Manchester.[1][2] Released in the January of 2009, it won the "Fans' Favorite" award at the Consumer Electronics Show, in Las Vegas.[3] According to the company, it is the "world's first consumer 3D-webcam."[4] It was designed by David Holder.[5]

The webcam, which hooks to a computer via USB port, consists of two cameras, being "roughly the same distance apart as human eyes," that are held together in a device that resembles Wall-E, a Disney character, in appearance. It is capable of 3D, 2D, and Picture-in-picture graphics. Its image can be output from 320x240 pixels to 800x600 pixels, and is capable of 30 frames per second.[6] The 3D imagery can be produced in anaglyph and side by side format.

The camera has two VGA 640x480 CMOS sensors, two high-quality wide-angle lens, and a built in USB microphone.

According to its website, it is most effective when the user is at a minimum of three feet away.[7]

It derives its name from the Japanese term Minoru, which means "reality."

References[edit]

  1. ^ Contact Page - Minoru3d.com - Retrieved July 25, 2009
  2. ^ http://www.pdtuk.com pdtuk.com - Retrieved July 25, 2009]
  3. ^ Minoru 3D Webcam ships this week, still looks freaky - endgadget.com - January 5, 2009
  4. ^ Although consumer 3D-webcam capabilities had been previously offered commercially through dual-webcam mounting setups, such as the Hytek iVCam, the Minoru 3D Webcam is constructed as a single, integrated unit.
  5. ^ http://www.linkedin.com/in/davidholderimaging
  6. ^ Minoru 3D Webcam ships this week, still looks freaky - endgadget.com - January 5, 2009
  7. ^ Minoru User Guide 1.2 February 2009

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