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"My only concern is that it wouldn't work, which I see as a problem."
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I occasionally use a webcam to have business (no that isn't
in quotation marks or a euphemism) discussions with
people on the other side of the planet. Some people
naturally get to grips with the protocols of using a web
cam. Others, like me, don't. And in those instances we
both wonder why
each other is constantly staring at our
respective nether regions.
The accepted protocol is fairly simple - when talking look
at the camera, when listening look at the screen. That way
the two web camming parties always appear to be making
eye contact but I always forget as do many others.
This simple USB powered device is a pair of waving hands,
perhaps waving in a Michael Macintyre exaggerated style,
that attaches to the webcam. Being voice activated it
starts waving whenever I start speaking which will cause
me to look up to see what the fuss is and consequently
look at the camera. It could also possibly distinguish
pathos causing me to smile or frown appropriately.
||The idea could be adapted to use voice stress analysis on what the other person is saying.
||The waving hands attachment could then provide another function, to give a whatever your local hand gesture is for "they are talking out of their butt".