August 30, 2000
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Geeks are alive and well. You too can build a stand-alone web cam for $55 to pair with your $25 web server.
posted by plinth (6 comments total)
Last I checked you could get a shitty retail webcam for less than 55 dollars, and it would work with my existing PC. Whats so good about this deal?
posted by howa2396 at 8:52 PM on August 30, 2000

this one is stand alone, requiring no PC
posted by lagado at 10:18 PM on August 30, 2000

Does it have a built in internet connection or something? I guess I'm not getting the point.
posted by howa2396 at 11:31 PM on August 30, 2000

$25 gets you a stand-alone web server, $55 gets you an off the shelf camera that you can interface to it. If you wanted to set up a remote viewing station it's hard to beat that in terms of material cost, maintenance, and footprint.
posted by plinth at 6:00 AM on August 31, 2000

Seems to me I thought the piece said that the 55 bucks *included* the camera.

But yes, folks, this is a box with a lens on one end and an Ethernet connector on the other.

Now do you get it? The competition is about $500.
posted by baylink at 6:40 AM on August 31, 2000

Well actually $55 for the server + camera + connection. All is DIY. Of course you could shell out $79 buy buying the PicoWeb. The pico web could be easily placed into a altoids tin. You may be able to take apart the cam and fit the guts into another altoids tin..
posted by ellis at 2:14 PM on August 31, 2000 [1 favorite]

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