[Athen] Using HD webcam as portable magnifier?

Wink Harner winkharner at mesacc.edu
Wed Apr 4 16:53:32 PDT 2012

Sean et al,

The flip camera is compatible with Mac (download the software). My thought
is that it might be more stable with a mini desktop tripod of some kind.
Video files can be stored on the computer or uploaded to a cloud storage &
students can view later. Can be used in the classroom to capture the board
and would not take up much desk space. Here's a link:


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[mailto:athen-list-bounces at mailman1.u.washington.edu] On Behalf Of Sean J
Sent: Wednesday, April 04, 2012 2:55 PM
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Subject: [Athen] Using HD webcam as portable magnifier?

Hello all,

Has anyone tried using an HD webcam for a laptop as a substitute for a
portable magnifier in the classroom?

I am familiar with the "portable" options like the Clarity PCMate and the
Onyx Swing Arm, but these are designed for Windows computers and I am
dealing with a Mac. Additionally, there is a desire to have a very
discreet solution such that it does not take up much space in the class.

Most webcams are designed for video chat or displaying an image that is
within a few feet of the camera, but has anyone tried an HD version? I am
thinking about options where the student sits in the front of the class
with images displayed on chalkboards/whiteboards.

Take care,

Sean Keegan
Associate Director, Assistive Technology Office of Accessible Education -
Stanford University http://studentaffairs.stanford.edu/oae
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