You will also need a USB a-a cable that I didn't know existed or was legal.
And a 32gb microsd.
I did this last week, came in one day on Amazon prime. Under $50 for everything.
Setup went okay, although the 3-4 minutes for firmware write was under a minute for me with their branded microsd.
Quality is passable, lens is more fisheye than I'd prefer so you see my messy office, but it works. 1080/30 the software claims. Note it has a speaker, so check your sound mixer settings to have it not steal audio out.
Read this blog series about Wyze, and then make up you mind if you are comfortable having that piece of hardware in your home. I think it is pretty clear the risks are not trivial.
They are a great cheap option when using their custom RTSP firmware with synology surveillance stations. I throw them on their own SSID that is isolated from other local networks and does not have internet access. The SS can reach into their network but they can't initiate connections out.
Still they briefly need internet when setting up to enable RTSP but I'm more concerned about them being remotely accessible at anytime and having access to anything else on my network. Even my setup would allow my email and the isolated network's topo to leak bc of brief internet access.
> Yi Camera is a front for the Chinese Ministry of State Security. Full stop.
> Yi Cameras send all customer data to Xiaomi as I have previously claimed with Wyze.
Honestly I’m not familiar with the Yi cameras, I haven’t read that newest post, I’ll have to look into it. But, 12 Security is credited with disclosing the 2nd Wyze security breach in December 2019 (the 1st one not even a full calendar year before).
Wyze reluctantly admitted the breach days later, but went into damage control mode, claiming the DB was only exposed for part of the month of December. 12 Security says otherwise, that it was exposed for the majority of the calendar year, and many parties across the globe accessed it according to logs.
So the risks are mitigated for the most part since it has no network connection.
Holy cow. And easy to do if you found their unsecured database.
They exist, but are not allowed by the USB standard. The basic premise of the classic USB standard is that the A side provides the 5V power, while the B side consumes that 5V power. With an A to A cable, you are shorting both power supplies together.
(USB-C changes that to resistors; IIRC, the side with the pull-up resistors will initially provide the 5V power, while the side with the pull-down resistors will initially consume the 5V power. The passive adapters to classic USB just have the correct pair of resistors for the corresponding classic USB plug or socket.)
I don't use wyze normally, not sure what the type a female port is for.
It's a hack on top of a hack that functions reasonably, and helps with supply chain issues.
I assume in the first paragraph you mean a usb A cable with plugs on both ends
The traditional USB connection has a host with a USB A socket, which provides power; a cable with a USB A plug in one end and a USB B plug in the other end; and a device with a USB B socket. All traditional USB cables are A to B cables, with a USB A plug and a USB B plug; an A to A cable would allow connecting two hosts together, and both would try to provide power at the same time, which might damage the hardware.
USB-C is completely different; all cables have two USB-C plugs, while both hosts and devices have USB-C sockets. Which side provides power is negotiated through a dedicated configuration channel.
USB A is a rectangle, and USB B is closer to a square. I've also never seen anything aside from female USB ports and male/male USB cables (aside from extension cables).
Type C is bi-directional, so can replace either or both plugs.
The normal function of a security camera is also good, however, a warning that these contain active microphones. So if you transition to using these as indoor, facing-outdoor security cams to strongly consider pulling the microphone from the circuit board. There are youtube videos, it can be done easily in under 10 minutes.
There is a software disable, but I do not believe this can be trusted.
Search for "USB camera" or "machine vision camera".
https://www.amazon.com/Intel-Realsense-D435-Webcam-FPS/dp/B0... (bonus! it's a depth camera but it does have RGB output as well)
Also, toilet paper is in stock at several industrial suppliers, and especially the jumbo rolls (I'm sure if you're on HN you can improvise a way to hold those). I'm not going to list specific ones here but you probably know the usual suspects if you have ordered for a company before. It's mostly sold out only at consumer outlets.
I've tried workarounds using the excellent OSB, but there's currently no software that let's you reroute video on a Mac (like Loopback does for audio)
EDIT: I stand corrected, as user wolfhumble points out below, EpocCam seems to do this - thanks! https://apps.apple.com/us/app/epoccam-webcamera-for-computer...
PS. To make it work you need to install a driver on your PC, so it can be a no-go for many company owned computers.
Any opinion on which one is best?
Have you encountered a similar hurdle?
If you really need, run a reverse proxy only on the /video endpoint. For I don't know how hardened the focus and automation control APIs are.
So far I haven't been able to see any advantage at all to 1-to-1 calls except it takes fewer clicks to start them.
Of course, using a 42.4 Megapixel sensor and a Carl Zeiss Sonnar lens it would.
Turns a HDMI input into a USB web cam.
With my old battery, the sessions were... short. So I managed to snatch a Brio last week, and I'm much more satisfied.
Also since gamers don't care about color accuracy, I have a feeling they didn't give two shits about preservation of color accuracy in the Razer Ripsaw HD. The settings for color space is suepr whack.
Supply chains really haven’t had a chance to react to the change in demand & won’t be able to until Chinese manufacturing has a chance to ramp up to meet demand I guess.
Has not arrived yet so I can not say if I recommend it yet or not but from the research I did it seemed like people who tested the different range of attachments pretty much liked all of them regardless of price so I probably overpaid. The one criteria we had was that my girlfriend wanted a front spray as well which the Omigo has.
Try cleaning your hands with paper instead of water some day, and see how that works out for you. It's the same thing.
I'm sure you've had brown streaks inside the bowl that could not be removed in N flushes, but a simple toilet brush made quick work of the matter.
To use your handwashing analogy, try removing crisco, or some other substance that adheres to your hands with a stream of water. Now try physically wiping it with a paper towel. The towel will win every time.
This is to say nothing of the fact that it's quite nice to leave the bathroom with dry hindquarters rather than a bad case of SA.
You've obviously never used a proper washlet.
Crack hair is useful for a lot of things, keeping skin from rubbing, fart silencing, sweat management, etc. But you only need a bit of hair for that to work. 80% of the length can be removed with no ill effect, but dramatic improvement in general cleanliness and comfort.
Also specifically Ring Fit Adventure for Nintendo Switch, that allows you to exercise from home. It's been sold out worldwide, with limited numbers showing up in stores and immediately disappearing.
I heard about the webcam thing from my boss, he asked me if he gave me a webcam years ago when I started remote working. He did, but it was in the attic and I had to go looking for it ;)
You can always ask around in your friendly neighborhood forum for a starter culture, there's a lot of people that are willing to share.
If you have bakers yeast, you can just feed it and multiply the amount trivially: Half a cube (20g) or 7g dry yeast, mix with 15g sugar, 100g flour, 100g water, let rise for an hour or two in a warm place. Fill in icecube form, freeze. Each cube is about half as strong as a "regular" cube, so you may need to experiment a little with rising time for your dough.
I did this last weekend and made a pretty good loaf (my first time).
BTW. My "local bakery" is probably in Estonia. In another country that is. Wider Helsinki area is under lockdown and yeast may not be approved essential.
If you’re feeling really hacky you might be able to do without the capture card and use gphoto2 to stream your camera over usb, and then use something like OBS virtual am or V4l2loopback. This is fiddly though and only works with a few cameras.
Would you prefer a shortage with no incentive to increase production?
Plus the government can act as a central buyer to back those who have the greatest needs. That and companies should be responsible for providing protection for employees
I don't even understand how that works.
And since raising prices to increase profits is not necessary with hugely increased damand, it's seen as profiteering to do so on essentials (or in this case things that make you feel less isolated) during a global crisis.
For what it's worth, this isn't how "supply and demand" works in economics.
The idea is that a given firm is already producing as much as they can at that price. There's not usually a ton of slack just laying around that could respond to a spike in demand. For instance, my wife who works at a soap factory right now, has seen a ton of demand. They would love to increase production to accommodate but it's just not immediately possible, without retooling the factory. They're managing to increase supply a little, by not offering as many varieties of scents and such, but that's the extent of what they can do immediately.
The reason prices increase with an increase in demand, according to standard economics orthodoxy, is because that allows more firms to enter the market, as well as existing firms to do less efficient things (more workers, more expensive supply chain, etc), to meet that demand.
This assumes that you can actually scale production to 10,000 units (a plant that can produce 100 items a month is not necessarily one that can produce 1000), that your typical channels can absorb said production (if they need to hold inventory, they likely cannot), that you have enough packaging supplies for your increased inventory (a real problem being encountered at the moment), the list goes on. Supply chains are not linear. You can have valid issues with price gouging despite this fact, but simply saying "increase production, problem solved" is an extremely uninformed position.
On the other hand, prices quickly get out of control if left to their own devices. Some say that's natural, and perhaps it is, but that doesn't mean it's good all the time.
As for increasing production, this is one thing where raising prices can actually decrease the incentive to increase production. For literally the same money that I was using to create 100 units per month, I'm now getting the same profit that 10000 units per month would have given me. Why would I spend money to increase production, thus increasing supply which reduces demand, which lowers prices, which lowers profits?
You see the problem?
Alas, the world is rather more complicated than that. Case in point, this Dallas surgical mask factory that is not running overtime, because the hospitals screwed him over last emergency, and he almost went out of business:
And more to the point: you have no idea. Prices are emergent from trillions of decisions, and are used to communicate a great deal of information. People want to act like it's an engineering problem where we can dial up and down one part without affecting other parts, but anyone who has worked even on a controlled marketplace knows this isn't true.
Go read "I, Pencil" https://fee.org/resources/i-pencil/
Pivoting a factory on a dime to make something else is hard, but often doable by the experts for sufficiently loose definitions of “on a dime”.
Pivoting a factory on a dime to make something else that’s cost competitive with the factories designed and built to do that something else already is impossible. It’s like trying to build a car from junkyard parts to run in F1 races. And old prices will reflect the cost savings those old factories were achieving.
Ran into the problems mentioned in the article, and put a Logitech camera onto pre-order.
Cancelled that order last night though: possible to use an android phone as a webcam that's most likely better quality than the current generator of USB webcam. I chose this app , others are available.
I resorted to buying a magewell hdmi-2-usb converter. Better quality, I can focus and zoom from further away (no huge nose) and depending on your gear you have automatic background blurring (aperture+sensor size)
You can download an "NDI" apk for your cell phone since the manufacturer removed the app from the play store, to provide the ability for an android phone to serve as a network display interface (of course it's your risk to download APKs from a random site)
There's also a windows driver, but I haven't used that yet
Is the driver signed? If not, you have to enable "test mode" and windows will drop a God-awful watermark in the bottom right of your desktop letting you know "test mode" is on. It's one of the seemingly-small things that bugs me the most about it.
Get a UVC industrial camera with a M12 or CS mount lens to use as a webcam, most are better cameras than the "webcam" models and not everyone has noticed UVC cameras _are_ webcams so the prices are normal.
I grabbed one with an OV2710 sensor (does 1920x1080@30fps, 1280×720@60, and so on) and a 2.8-12mm CS lens for $65 that took a little over a week to arrive (I paid a slight premium from Amazon instead of Aliexpress because it looked like there was US stock... turned out to be the same seller shipping from the same place in China. Oh well).
I'm trying to limp the hands-on portion of some sophomore-level EE courses to the end of the semester, so I've got mine mounted as an overhead camera for drawing/demonstrating/etc. the crap laptop built-in is plenty for facecam.
The major problem is getting the video conferencing apps not to drop cameras to super-low quality, Zoom usually won't even use the full resolution mode of my built-in (except occasionally and apparently at random it decides to and changes the frame by selecting a 16x9 mode instead of the 4:3 it usually picks), and offers no real camera settings that I can find.
The camera is adequate (I've done a fair amount of computational photography work recently, overly opinionated to follow), it's not hitting anything like the advertised high frame rate/low res modes in guvcview, but is making the 30-60fps higher res modes that matter for webcam use. It's USB2 and enumerated as UVC 1.0 so I can't say I'm surprised. The crop changes in somewhat surprising ways among the modes, I think the readout does a mixture of crop and binning or line skipping. It's not a nice Basler module or anything, but it costs less than 20% what the nominally-comparable offering from "good brands" would.
The lens is ...eh, I have noticeable barrel distortion and vignetting, but its clear, doesn't have the annoying color corruption you sometimes see in cheap C/CS lenses, and the FoV is nice for webcam duty.
It's a damn slight better than the old PS3 eye I was getting by with until it showed up, and being able to easily manually manipulate zoom/focus/aperture instead of hoping the auto does something good is great.
These cameras most likely DO HAVE a NIR (near IR) filter on the sensors. You would need to check on specific models.
Basler provides some documentation for removing the filter from specific camera models.
Their area-scan features turned out to be unsuitable for what I'd hoped to use it for, but having looked at Pylon in determining that, I really wish I'd been able to, because the alternative I ended up with has been closer to "magnetized needle and steady hand" than "lovely API."
The project is doing a sort of frameless capture off a conventional sensor, so I was hoping to use Stacked ROI as a sort of threshold trigger for selective updates, but (for entirely good technical reasons) there are ordering, size, and number limitations on how the regions can be configured.
Funny enough, at that moment, I just thought it was because Amazon had problem on stocking and delivery. I didn't even realize it's because of the high demand for remote work etc.
I imagine professional headsets are under similar price constraints because on the BBC I've seen at-home reporters using gaming headsets with RGB LEDs.
Turns out your phone's selfie / front camera and microphone is vastly superior to most laptop webcams. Grab yourself selfie tripod. Lots of compliments about picture and sound quality. Coincidentally WSJ covered this topic yesterday.
I haven't tried this, but will ask one of our team to give it a go and confirm - that would make a more affordable option around £40 or so.
Disclaimer: Co-founder of Pimoroni (Raspberry Pi re-seller)
Where items are available, I actually would like to know who's profiteering before sending them my money.
Unfortunately it isn’t working anymore on one of my Catalina installs. Which is my primary daily driver. Luckily works on secondary older Mac that I use for Zoom frequently. Will try it out, thanks!
My main driver already has other minor issues like too much cpu usage from certain Mac processes etc. I’m sure if I took the time, I’d be able to get Camtwist working.
But yeah if for you it works depending on browser and software. Yeah age is showing.
So I don’t like my main MacBook Pro to be 190 F temp and mid cpu usage all the time since I’m on video a lot
The desktop app allows you to toggle the handy LED flash for better front lighting, to lock exposure, to trigger autofocus, and to adjust white balance.
I tried it first with the free version, which doesn't allow HD video. The full version is a few dollars; doesn't contain ads.
I have no connection to the developers, but am a happy user. Works flawlessly anywhere a webcam is expected (for me so far: skype, Zoom, Jitsi).
The desktop app is open source, but unfortunately not the android app. I was surprised not find an open source version of this concept (and don't currently have the time to develop it).
Not sure if it's still valid, but "handy" has a different meaning in slang:
Again, a native speaker might consider different, but as a german the usage of "handy" immediatley caught my eye. :D
So if I ask an American to show me his "Handy", he knows that I want to see his "mobile phone"?
Because that's what "Handy" means in Germany. It's actually "mobile phone", hence the confusion. I learned that "Handy" is almost exclusively used in Germany.
("Mobile phone" isn't very common in the US either. Common usage used to be "cell phone" or "smart phone", but is now simply "phone".)
Haven't sprung for the paid version though as I am hoping the back ordered webcam I purchased at the start of this comes in the next few weeks.
Remember to rebuild the kernel module if your kernel gets updated!
Between that and OBS Studio  which makes it easy to do green screen work, I'm having some real fun with our team meetings. Just make sure you get the virtual camera driver .
Of course, a simple lapel would be a much better investment if you don't have any of that equipment.
Seems to be the case across the board though, I bought some Microsoft LifeCam Studios because Microsoft had some in stock. But couldn't find much else anywhere else.
It's not the shops' fault, it's the economics of the industry. Economies of scale mean for some products, Amazon's retail price will be lower than the shop's wholesale price. Cashflow and volumes make it hard to stock a broad range of expensive items like CPUs and laptops. Competent help can often do better than retail wages and working conditions.
This (referral) link provides a discount on all of their standing desks/chairs: https://www.autonomous.ai/?rid=f1ef57&utm_campaign=referrals...
Couldn't be happier with the dual motor I bought a few weeks ago.
I had an adjustable drafting table when I worked at Boeing and it never occurred to me that it needed a motor.
Of course, if the user doesn't need to regularly change between sitting and standing, that might not matter.
In those cases, you do not feel any weight.
This also goes for those irritating slow electric versions where you need to hold a button down for 30 sec.
IKEA also has three "proper" standing desks (that you can adjust their height without doing the aforementioned) but they cost x2 and x5 of my desk, and I don't really care to change the height that often/ever.
(I don't work for Ikea, I just don't want to pay $1000 for something I can make with $100 (and have a better pension when I retire).
I cannot stress enough how (especially) a standing desk needs to be super sturdy with children/dogs in the vicinity!!!
I even did a lightning talk on my Ikea standing desk once. It's fun and relatively easy to build.
(Don't forget a pad to stand on)
> You can get an external webcam—although top models are sold out across the web. ( Logitech says it’s increasing production and distribution to meet the new demand.)
I'm just grateful that we have food in the stores at the moment.
Case in point: you wanted to buy a new webcam, not because you needed one, but because you felt it was time to do so. You can't, because the prices are too high. But for someone for whom a webcam is essential (think a doctor providing televisits to patients), a high price isn't as much of a deterrent (within reason).
Because you couldn't/wouldn't buy at the higher price, there was stock available for the doctor who absolutely needed the device.
Are they? Or are all the people who used to go to the now shutdown bars and restaurants, where their beers and wines were supplied by the bars/restaurants, and therefore, commercial supply houses, now drinking at home instead, and so there is much more purchasing on the retail side, resulting in shortages because the retail side was not ready for a substantial X% instant increase in consumption?
I.e., all the beer/wine that used to flow via the commercial supply houses now has to flow via the retail stores.
Maybe smaller stores in cities are shorter on inventory but out where I live any shortages are minimal. (Even though supermarkets are out of the usual items like paper goods.)
At the time, alcohol became currency.