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EyeToy... [Jul. 6th, 2004|10:27 am]
The Love Bug
As you may recall me mentioning, my webcam died a nasty death a few weeks ago. Since then I've been looking for a replacement...

I've not been that impressed by the choice of webcams currently available, as they're either mightily expensive, or mightily crap quality.

Anyway, someone rather special suggested using a PS2 EyeToy... something I'd already considered, but had been told that they're not compatible with PCs.

It turns out that someone with lots of time on their hands has tweaked a set of drivers for the EyeToy, and it does work on PCs with no trouble.

So, we ordered a couple... one arrived yesterday, the other arrives next week.

I installed the first one last night. Impressed? You bet! The image quality is fantastic!!! It's just a shame that the red and blue LEDs are so bright!

I'll post some images this evening.

So, the moral is: If you want a very good quality webcam, don't want to pay too much (it's only £29.99 on Amazon) and you're prepared to tweak driver settings if necessary, then the PS2 EyeToy is definitely recommended.

*nod*
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[User Picture]From: novemberbug
2004-07-06 10:42 am (UTC)
The EyeToy is cheaper than that Logitech thing I've been using up until recently... well... er... *cough* mine was a lot cheaper... *blush* but anyway, how is it that you were moving constantly in your webcam image, when you were showing it off to me last night? Mine and James' are really jerky, like still images that change every few seconds. It would be nice if we could see each other actually moving. I'm really impressed by that - is it connected with your connection?

*intrigued*
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[User Picture]From: thelovebug
2004-07-06 12:25 pm (UTC)
I really don't know about the moving image thing... when we were demonstrating it to another friend of ours, the image updated every second or so... but with you it was smooth.

I have no idea why... maybe I'm just special :o)
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[User Picture]From: novemberbug
2004-07-06 03:34 pm (UTC)
You really must have a superfast connection, cos James and I both have BB but our webcams still seem to do the jerky still shots thing, albeit changing every couple of seconds!

:-)
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[User Picture]From: crazybee
2004-07-06 11:20 am (UTC)
hack the leds out :P

or make something to put it in, always thought about making some kind of eye ball case for my cam just havent had the time or will to do it ;)


would love to see what this eyetoy can do though :)
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[User Picture]From: thelovebug
2004-07-06 12:25 pm (UTC)
Cool... maybe catch you on MSN tonight?
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[User Picture]From: crazybee
2004-07-06 12:55 pm (UTC)
damn it still having connection prbs cause of Zonealarm screwing up even though i have uninstalled it now :(

anyways wont be on tonight just goign to work now and wont be back til about 2am if I'm lucky, thurs be best fior me as I have a extra long w/e
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[User Picture]From: emsee
2004-07-11 10:12 am (UTC)
Bluetak is good for covering bright LED's :P
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[User Picture]From: thelovebug
2004-07-16 09:11 am (UTC)
No, don't get me wrong... I like the LEDs! To suppress them would be cruel! :o)

What I would like to do is reduce or diffuse them so I don't get blinded by them.

Although, having said that... the combination of blue and red LEDs provides quite a good fill-in that improves the quality of the image...

... oh sod it. I'll just leave them as they are! :o)
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[User Picture]From: stephaniewalker
2004-07-15 01:50 pm (UTC)
Did you post some pictures from the camera?
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[User Picture]From: thelovebug
2004-07-16 09:09 am (UTC)

Yes ;o)
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