July 17, 2012

DIY Webcam Panner with Arduino

What started out to be a simple project to move a webcam on its axis soon morphed into a project that allows remote control of the webcam rotation over the Internet to allow Skype participants more freedom on watching their participants. Using some Meccano, an Arduino and other hardware 'werner.vrens' has created a device which rotates via either a thumb joystick, terminal commands via the PC or using a simple node.js webserver can be controlled over the 'net.

At each level of detailed control this is a fun and relatively simple project to liven up those Skype calls. To get started, visit the project page for code and notes here. And we're on twitter, so follow us for news and product updates as well. 

As we always say, this type of project lends itself to Arduino-based control over the Internet - and to take advantage of these features, consider the Freetronics EtherTen. Apart from being fully Arduino Uno-compatible, it has onboard Ethernet, microSD socket and supports optional Power-over-Ethernet:

Leave a comment

Comments have to be approved before showing up.