I haven’t been getting a lot of time to go through Microsoft’s patent applications stash but I am keeping tabs on their trademark filings. My latest finding is Microsoft’s upcoming webcam in their LifeCam range. The new cam is going to be named LifeCam Director and going by the name I believe it has something to do with movie directors. Maybe Microsoft is targeting this webcam for self-published videomakers.
Armed with a webcam and YouTube account, there are several independent “stars”. As part of their recent Skype acquisition, Microsoft Hardware announced a Skype-certified range of LifeCam models. While I could be completely off-base regarding the new camera’s market, I expect it to be a 1080p camera. Microsoft’s current range has just one 1080p camera—LifeCam Studio ($99). The third camera in this movie-making theme is LifeCam Cinema for $79—and that’s 720p.
Here are Microsoft’s current 8 LifeCam models: