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December 30, 2008

Webcam Remote Control

at 5:22 am. Filed under DIY Hacks, Funny Hacks

 

Rube Goldberg devices are great, this method of remote control reminds me of one of those devices. There sure are better and simpler methods of sending commands from one computer to the next however none would be as crazy as this idea (I mean that in a good way). 🙂 There was a computer show years ago that transmitted data in the top corner of the screen during the show, a suction cup sensor on the screen was used to retrieve the data. Who remembers what that show was called?

"This system allows remote control (via the internet) of actuators (motors, etc) at your home. It works by sensing changes in brightness at particular locations on your home computer screen (locations at which the sensors are taped). These changes in brightness are remotely controlled by you via a yahoo messenger webcam video feed between your work computer and your home computer."

Via: Hack a Day


 

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29 Responses to “Webcam Remote Control”

  1. Danny Says:

    Fun idea… But just don’t use this for anything critical. An error message on the screen or a screensaver could really mess things up… 🙂

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  12. Rich Cox Says:

    Wow…. I really thought it was something from afrotechmods.com at first. Would not have been surprised in the least. Great fun, this hack.

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  28. kaaaate Says:

    this is ? well, interesting.
    i guess ?

  29. kaate Says:

    this is something worth using, but maybe not.
    Like, what if you didnt want to put tape alll over the screen ?

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