Quickcam and Infrared

After reading [this Slashdot Article], I decided to try the project and convert my Quickcam VC to an Infrared camera. As the article said, the Quickcam case is much harder to get open. I used a mini screwdriver and pried around the seam with no success until I found a little perpendicular groove. I forced the tip of the screw driver into this groove as was able to pry the case open. From then on, it was easy. Just unscrew the camera with an alan wrench, and then there was a little sticker that holds the current filter in. I puilled the old filter out. Used some old negative that didn’t completely block visible light. And then put everything back together. Presto. It works just like the article.

Picks up IR from remotes and shows the security strips on $US money.

There wasn’t else much to do, so I recorded [a few time lapsed] videos of the clouds with the IR detector, which look like a normal recordings with less saturated colors.

Then I took the filter out and experimented with other filters. I used the filter leader from 400 speed film and that worked just like his example. It only lets IR in. Which was pretty boring. So now I’m in the process of hooking the camera up to my telescope. I’m going to try some timelapsed video of the stars. Let’s see what happens…

Oh and there were some technical problems with the drivers. Since I got the QuickCam VC in 1999, it only has usb drivers that work with Win95/Win98. You go to Logitech’s site and they provide XP drivers for the parallel product but not the USB drivers. Luckily, I found the solution from a hacker on the web that already posted a solution to my problem.

Amazon Trail

Linae just completed another [article] about “Game Use in Children’s Lives and in the Classroom”.

Download the [DOC] and [PPT] presentation to read all about it!

“For my Everyday Technologies in Youth Culture class I looked at game use in children’s lives and how teachers can use games in the classroom. Included in the paper was a write up on how to use Amazon Trail in a 3rd grade curriculum” (Linae, 2005).

*New* Double 108 Mbps Wireless Firewall Router

I got a new NetGear WGU624 "Double 108 Mbps Wireless Firewall Router" from Stapels. The box claims that its range is 400+ ft. Which seems pretty accurate. I tested the actual distance by using a Wireless 108G WG111T USB Key. I used surfing the net and listening to Winamp radio to judge the reception. I had excellent reception until I got to right about where the arrows indicate. I got about 30 feet past the basketball hoop at pretty much the base of that tree. And still had good reception. Beyond that I couldn’t get a clear signal. Wherever I did have signal, the connection was fast. I didn’t use any kind of signal boosters.

Nehe Firefox Plugin Contest

Now that the Nehe Winamp Plugin results have finially been posted. I’m going to try and motivate some Nehe followers to get interested in a Firefox Plugin contest.

The technical aspects appear to be already worked out. And Firefox has really good documentation. The contest would be to run OpenGL code from within a Firefox plugin. The “Windowless” demo from the Gecko Plugin SDK uses Win32 calls to draw, so it shouldn’t hard to get OpenGL to work.

Just need to put this in here:

Piece of cake: