GALLERY: HP bosses to product team: "Release the mice!"

In a dark castle, somewhere in deepest Transylvania, HP’s bosses squint into a crystal ball. “What do you see?” says one. “Everyone’s in Barcelona at MWC” comes the reply. “Ah! So the last thing anyone would expect is for us to release five different mice and a webcam, with some targeted towards women!”.

Joking aside, here we’ve got four mice, a mouse-and-keyboard combo, and a webcam. They run the gamut of target audiences, from gamers to girls (not that two audiences can’t overlap) and they all look pretty, so I’ve stuck them in the gallery. Click on the flowery number below to begin.

D-Link opens up home Big Brother options with its DCS-910 and DCS-2121 wireless network cameras


D-Link has invented a niche it’s calling the “home security market” – and has released a couple of webcams to help you discover who it is that’s eating all the biscuits.

The DCS-2121 Megapixel Wireless Network Camera is the hottest of the pair, coming fully loaded up with wi-fi connectivity…

Microsoft launches 'Time for a Story' – bedtime stories via Windows Live Messenger


There are many families who have to cope with the pain of separation – if Daddy has to fly away on business trips a lot, for example. Well, now Daddy (or Mummy, we’re a politically correct organisation here) can read a bedtime story to his (or her) little sprog over MSN Messenger, wherever they are.

The website – – is currently populated with three Noddy stories. ‘Rocket Ship’, ‘Rainbow Chaser’, and the intriguingly titled ‘Bounce Alert!’ The stories are interactive – as Mummy or Daddy reads, their kid can click on images to trigger animations.

All you need to get it going is a PC, a copy of MSN Messenger on each PC, a microphone and a webcam. Modern laptops generally have all those things inbuilt. So if you’re in Japan, thousands of miles away from your poor son or daughter, and it’s their bedtime, then stop reading Tech Digest and go read them a bedtime story.

Time for a Story

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One-eyed artist plans Borg-like installation of webcam into her spare eye socket


San Francisco-based artist Tanya Vlach lost an eye in a car accident in 2006 – now she’s planning to replace her standard-issue fake eye with a webcam. Preferably wireless – and with a 3x zoom. And infra-red support so she can see what she does in the dark.

Here’s what Tanya asked for in an advert she placed for a suitable technician for the job…

Bunny Webcam might just get you in the night


In a straw poll I just conducted with a few former colleagues over Skype, I asked five people whether this product is cute or creepy. Turns out that four out of five rated it as “cute” – surprising, because I think it’s one of the the scariest things I’ve ever seen. Place your vote in the comments.

It’s a plush bunny toy, with a webcam in its nose. The webcam’s not that great – 1.3 megapixel, and it captures in 640×480. Not awful, but not brilliant. Still, if you’re buying a plush bunny webcam, then let’s face it – you’re not doing it for the specs.

There’s a wide range of these webcams, from the cute (cow, penguin) through the obscure (supposed-to-be-a-mole) to the utterly trouser-browningly-terrifying (“Angel Baby”).

Bunny-in-a-wittle-hat webcam

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LG launches 22-inch widescreen monitor with built-in webcam


LG has announced the latest in its line of widescreen LCD monitors. The W2271TC features a built-in webcam, microphone, and speakers, which means you needn’t bother with lots of extra gadgetry on your desk.

Offering 20,000:1 contrast ratio, 5ms response time, 300 nits brightness, 1,680 x 1,050 resolution, and 170 degree viewing angle, the monitor comes supplied with software so that it be used for video recording and image capture and editing, and face tracking and zooming…

Microsoft launches two new LifeCam webcams


Microsoft has announced two new webcams: the LifeCam Show and LifeCam VX-5500.

The LifeCam Show is a thin, mirrored webcam that attaches easily to a notebook or desktop PC via clip, or can be positioned on an 11-inch tall desk stand.

It offers two megapixel video recording and eight megapixel stills camera, plus built-in noise-cancelling microphone with echo-cancellation.

The lower-spec LifeCam VX-5500 comes with switchable coloured faceplates — red, white, or blue. It captures 640×480 video and 1.3 megapixel stills, and also the same style microphone as the Show…