more on Connectix's camera/mic

Craig Macfarlane (cmac@tiac.net)
Thu, 28 Jul 1994 12:12:57 -0400


Here is a clip from the Tidbits #235 digest. I've called Connectix and they
said they did prelim testing with CUSeeMe and a few other VC systems and don't
see a problem. They are currently waiting for the final ok from the FCC which
they believe will come mid-August. The purchase requests from the
mailorder houses have far exceeded their expectations, so wide availability
won't come until mid to late September.

I think this will create a huge amount of VC going on over the internet.
For about $100 any one on the internet can do it. Stay tuned!

Craig

Here is the Tidbits clip...

Connectix is Watching
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by Mark H. Anbinder, News Editor <mha@baka.ithaca.ny.us>

Last week Connectix Corporation announced its first foray into the
Macintosh hardware arena. Connectix QuickCam, scheduled for
introduction at the Macworld Expo in Boston next month, is a
low-cost video camera intended to bring desktop video to every
Macintosh. With a suggested retail price of $149, and a likely
street price around or under $100, it just might do the trick.

QuickCam connects to the serial port of a Macintosh, eliminating
the need for a separate NuBus or PDS card component. Most add-on
cameras require an AV-equipped Macintosh or a separate digitizer
unit, but QuickCam provides digital input directly through the
serial port. The unit also draws its power from the computer's
serial port, so only one cable needs to be connected. The camera
provides four-bit grayscale video in image sizes up to 240 x 320,
and at up to 15 frames per second. Custom software translates the
serial data stream into information that can be used by Apple's
QuickTime software, which makes it available for use within a wide
range of application programs, including video production and
videoconferencing.

The camera, which Connectix will show in public for the first time
at the Bayside Expo Center during Macworld in Boston, should ship
later in August once FCC certification is complete.

QuickCam incorporates a CCD, or charged couple device, similar to
the video input mechanism used in video camcorders. Unlike most
CCD-equipped devices, though, QuickCam need never convert its
video signal to analog NTSC. As a result, QuickTime need not
convert an analog signal back into digital information for its own
use. Connectix is also developing a low-cost color version of
QuickCam for both Macintosh and Windows-equipped computers. This
version should be ready in early 1995.

In addition to the video input, QuickCam will include a voice-
quality microphone, which owners of early Macintosh models will
appreciate. (Apple did not begin including audio input as a common
Macintosh feature until late 1990, when the Macintosh IIsi and LC
were introduced.) No additional hardware is required.

Connectix is of course best known for its popular utility and
operating system enhancement software; the software bundled with
the QuickCam is likely to be of similar caliber. The product will
include a full-featured video recorder application that allows
recording and editing of QuickTime movies using the camera's
signal. The software will allow the user to capture time-lapse
movies by specifying any number of frames per second or minute (up
to 15 fps). The camera will also include a snapshot desk accessory
that will allow graphic artists to capture still digital images in
PICT format with a single click.

Connectix -- 800/950-5880 -- 415/571-5100 -- 415/571-5195 (fax)
<juliette_lepoutre@connectix.com>

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