Date: Monday, February 1st, 1999, 00:00
In a recent press release (“LifeView, Inc.’s New USB RoboCAM Video Camera Gives PC Users An Eyeful“), LifeView announced their new RoboCAM USB video camera. The RoboCAM boasts the “latest CMOS technologies to capture still or full motion video at a crystal-clear 30 frames per second.” Here’s the geek speak from the press release:
USB RoboCAM’s long list of features will open the eyes of even the most discriminating hardware afficionado. No power adapter or video capture card is necessary — just plug it in and start imaging. USB RoboCAM’s CMOS Sensor provides 300K pixel resolution, with a video capture resolution of 80×60 to 640×480 and a still image snapshot resolution of up to 640×480.
The device offers a TWAIN interface for video editing capabilities, and also supports I-Mac systems. It comes bundled with Ulead Video Studio, Video Mail, MS NetMeeting and LifeView Utilities.
Other features include 1/500 exposure, automatic balance/gain control, progressive CODEC, less than 20 lux minimum illumation, greater than 42dB signal to noise ratio, 4 Mbits buffer memory, and a low power mode.
The USB RoboCAM will sell for US$79.99. Despite the high-tech nomenclature, there is no mention in the press release that the camera actually does anything robotic.