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PDA Webcam questions

Jun 28, 2006 1:13AM PDT

I was wondering if anyone knew of any specific PDAs that are compatible with a high end webcams. I'm a little back on the technology recently and I'm not sure if new PDAs have USB ports that allow for a webcam plugin?

Also, would it be possible for me to stream live video from a portable PDA through a broadband card? What would be the best way to go about to streaming live video from a PDA webcam?

Thank you,


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Jun 28, 2006 2:36AM PDT

PDAs, for the most part, lack USB ports, and due to the lack of hardware and driver support you cannot connect a standard webcam to a PDA. What you'd be looking for there would be a uPC (ultra portable computer), which is like a cross between a PDA and a laptop and costs upwards of a grand.

However, there are cameras available for PDAs that connect using the CF or SD memory card slot. A quick internet search will turn up a host of results, each one designated to work with certain PDAs. In your case you may want to shop for the camera accessory and then choose a matching PDA. Getting it to stream back to your computer so you can display it on a webpage, however, would be a little tricky and the quality wouldn't be'd be better off with still photos.

I saw your posts in the other forums, and based on what you need to accomplish I don't think a PDA would be your best option. It may seem odd, but I think your best bet is to pick up a wireless security/surveillance camera, once that sends the signal to your computer. That would produce a decent quality image, be fairly easy to carry around, and natively stream it to your computer for a webcast. For that I cannot make any suggestions as to a specific one, but you should find plenty of options through an internet search. (The Home audio & video forum may also be able to help find one that meets your needs.)

Hope this helps,

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Does the UMPC qualify?
Jun 28, 2006 2:47AM PDT

While the Linux based Zaurus did have HOST USB capability almost no others had USB camera capability.

Can you share what you are attempting to do? (continued..)

"Also, would it be possible for me to stream live video from a portable PDA through a broadband card? What would be the best way to go about to streaming live video from a PDA webcam?"

I'm guessing you are thinking something like the WIFI connected cameras. Maybe that will do?


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PDA as Webcam
Feb 19, 2009 3:55AM PST

I am on the same type of project...this is what I've found. If you Google search "PDA as Webcam" you will find a number of products that will install a client on your pc and pda device. You have to know what type of connection you want to use, for example, the smartphone type will use active sync, but BlackBerry's use wifi and tcp/ip. Look at these sites:

These will help you go in the right direction...Good Luck

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