Ghost Cam

Project Description: This is a webcam that only send outlines of fast moving objects in its view. Only after an object has been still for a while does it get added as an image to the background. The viewers can move their mouse to express interest in different areas of the image. The cursor coordinates are sent to the other users and show up as hi-lighted areas of interest.

I created several versions of this application. One version automatically refreshed the image under the users mouse. This webcam was set up in the lobby at ITP with a display showing people in the lobby able to see the areas of interest to web viewers. It also allowed web viewers to shout out to people in the lobby using text to speech.

Technical Notes: The video digitizing software and the server were written as a Java applications.

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