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 January 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."


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