Webcam lets you make over your video IM

Tech Culture

Imagine a video instant messaging session where the guy on the other side sees your face starting to melt or your hair catch fire.

That's what the minds over at Creative Technology have brewed up with their latest WebCam Live! Effects, which ships this week at an estimated street price of $79.

Creative WebCam Live! Effects
Credit: Creative
Creative WebCam Live! Effects

The camera has a tracking feature that keeps the user's face in view and even tracks multiple users. The device also ships with a 4-way flexible base and a lapel microphone.

But the included software is what makes the camera palatable. Two CDs contain Creative WebCam Center, ArcSoft PhotoImpression, ArcSoft VideoImpression, ArcSoft MultiMedia Email, and ArcSoft Collage Creator.

The software allows you to create different video effects so it looks like you got caught in a virtual snowstorm, or are standing in front of the Statue of Liberty without leaving your house.

The USB 2.0 camera also delivers video at up to 30 frames per second at 640 x 480 (VGA) resolutions. A CMOS sensor, in the webcam also acts as a 1.3 megapixel still photo camera.

Creative said they are marketing the new webcam to high school students, college students and young adults who use video during their instant messaging sessions.

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