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What is a webcam?
Webcams are handy devices that connect your computer, usually through USB, to record video and audio, or to use as a video conference tool when using applicatios such as Skype, Google Hangouts, AIM and others. They have varying resolutions and microphone quality, with most of the higher end ones capable of supporting at least 720p resolution, but keep in mind that Internet connection and network bandwidth can also affect the quality of an online video conference.
What webcam should I buy?
There's a wide variety of webcams to choose from, and many price points. If you feel you've gotta have the best video quality possible for your friends, family, or even clients and co-workers to see and hear you clearly on the other end, then you'll probably want to go with something a bit higher end. Logitech and Microsoft offer high quality webcams that you can use to chat online in crystal clear HD. But, if you just want to chat and hang out online with out the need to spend some serious dough, then get the webcam that feels right for you!
The Coffee Pot Webcam
What was the first picture a webcam ever took? Someone's foot, you may assume, as the technician fumbled to get the cam to power up. But, no. It was the coffee pot in the Trojan Room located in the computer laboratory of the University of Cambridge in ye' olde England circa 1991. This new wave technology was created to keep hard working computer students from making pointless trips to the coffee room only to find the coffee pot had no coffee. But, even with its modest 128 x 128 grayscale picture, it was still the beginning of a technology which would become important once the Internet and World Wide Web got off the ground.
In 1994, the first commercially viable webcam, the QuickCam by Connectix, entered the marketplace. This original model was only compatible with the Mac via serial port and cost around $100. Jon Garber, the original designer, wanted to call it the Mac-camera but was nixed by the marketing department (surprise) believing it would someday crossover to the PC as well (surprise again). In 1995, it did crossover to be the QuickCam for Windows. The webcam as we love it today was born.
Webcams today are much more feature rich and cost a fraction of the original. High-definition color with software for distorting faces and adding text bubbles is readily available. Noise canceling microphones and audio are also common place. You can call your friends like a video phone (Skype like) and hold video conferences with ease. It's all there.
If you don't have a webcam yet, you should get one. They are simple to install and cheap to buy. Get with the program and get videoized today.
By the way, the Coffee Cam at Cambridge was switched off for eternity on August 22, 2001 and the coffee pot (not the original) sold online for 3,350 British pounds. I trust you will go figure.