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2009/07/03
Minoru 3D USB Webcam

OK, we got one of these in for testing yesterday. According to Mr. Black, the Minoru 3D is incompatible with the QuickTime supplied UVC USB webcam driver for the following reason:

The Minoru 3D is actually an integrated USB hub connected to two identical USB cameras. Unfortunately, the QuickTime UVC driver wants a pair of stereo cameras to be on different internal USB busses. We have a modified internal build of FourEyes3D that can open the Minoru 3D webcams individually, and pair one of them with the Built-in iSight, but they cannot both be activated at the same time.


So currently, if you want to do 3D webcasts on the Mac, you should buy a matched pair of low-resolution USB webcams. Ideally, cameras that operate in 352x288 natively. They should be approx $40 each. Another important consideration is the mount. It can be useful to slide the cameras along the mounting plane and also "toe them in".

Hey, it's a work in progress...

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By : Ms. Black Minoru 3D USB Webcam

2 Comments:
Blogger Hank Roberts said...

Arrrrrrgh. Still no Mac driver.

If you've got Windows, you can find the Minoru for about $50 today
http://www.jr.com/promotion-display-technology/pe/PRD_MINORU/

April 1, 2010 at 9:00 AM  
Blogger Hank Roberts said...

ps, I did these years ago with an old Mac and two Firewire cameras and the EvoCam software:
http://www.archive.org/details/HankRobertsStereoMitziyawns

It doesn't work now with newer versions of OSX, the two feeds go out of sync within a minute or two.

Cameras exist -- somewhere -- that have input/output signals that let them send frames alternately, so the stereo stays in sync -- but I've only found descriptions of setting that up for old television signal systems.

April 1, 2010 at 9:15 AM  

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