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Freeware RISC OS webcam software released

By Chris Williams. Published: 4th Jan 19:39:05 | Permalink | Printable

Just before the new year, Daniel Barron released his simple webcam software to the world. The webcam software comes in three stages:

  1. A desktop digital camera is plugged into a RiscTV digitiser, which needs to be fitted to your computer in order for Daniel's software to work. The digitiser 'grabs' video images from the camera.
  2. The webcam software passes the grabbed images to the standard RISC OS image processor, ChangeFSI, to prepare the images for web viewing.
  3. the webcam software then uses the popular internet file transfer applicatoon for RISC OS, FTPc, to upload the camera images to a website of your choice.

The uses of webcams range from the bizarre to proper scientific studies. While a few universities use webcams to monitor projects, one nursery centre allows parents to watch their children from their office and webcams were also used in Channel4's Big Brother series.

After turning to the RISC OS usenet community for information on webcams, Daniel was surprised to find a distinct lack of webcam software. After further enquiries, Daniel discovered the possibility of linking image grabbing hardware and software to FTPc in order to provide a DIY webcam system. Colin Granville, author of FTPc, is also to be thanked for helping Daniel to "polish it off a lot."

Pleased with his efforts, Daniel comments in a press release,
"It did the job it needed to so I was quite happy with with it. I believe I am the first to release software to do this on the Acorn-compatible (RISC OS) platform.
"It is written quite clearly and simply in BASIC so it can be easily modified
to work with other video hardware and also developed further to increase
speed and functionality."

While working for RISC OS Ltd. Justin Fletcher did produce a similar webcam solution, however it was limited to RISC OS Ltd. internal use. With this public version, hopefully, we'll soon see someone who has found an interesting use of Daniel's software; ARM Club show anyone?

While on the subject of software from Daniel Barron, Daniel is working on a software implemented filtering system, designed to protect school children whilst using a school's internet access.
"DansGuardian can be seen at dansguardian.org. It's a project to produce a free web filter for educational establishments. It's goal is to filter unwanted content such as pornography, intolerance, vulgarity, etc. It runs on Linux, but is obviously compatible with all RISC OS browsers as clients. It is being developed using my RiscPC networked to my linux box."


Webcam software: jadeb.com
Webcam camera: Apparentley, from Maplin, you can pick up a suitable camera in a special offer they are currently running www.maplin.co.uk

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