Hands-Free Computer Control Using a Webcam

  • Episode 259
  • September 4, 2012
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Introducing Sasha Dirmeitis and controlling the computer using head movement and a cheap webcam.

This episode is sponsored in part by: Netflix, Eco Alkalines and Cordery Electric.

Topics Covered:

  • Robbie Ferguson and Sasha Dirmeitis present from the Category5 studios in Barrie, Ontario.
  • Introducing Sasha Dirmeitis, the newest member of the Category5 Tech TV team.
  • {play 4:35}Viewer Postcards from ChrisReich, Emilio and GWG.
  • {play 5:53}Robbie receives an Android phone from Guru (Android Buffet).
  • Robbie finds even an old Android phone is better for listening to Shoutcast music than an iPod Touch 4.
    • The iPod Touch 4 has trouble with Robbie's headphones and requires continual adjusting
    • The iPod Touch 4 also loses connection to wifi if you have it in your pocket
    • The Android device experiences neither of these issues, and sounds great (although the iPod Touch 4 does seem a bit louder)
  • Viewer Question: Is Sasha a Mac user?
  • {play 11:59}Viewer Questions
  • Viewer Question: If I were to put a second wifi router in my house, would it improve my signal?
  • Viewer Question: I was looking into the Fit-PC3 and found the MintBox. Would this work to run the web server virtual machine you had shown on Episode 256?
  • {play 19:43}Sasha has suffered the worst-case-scenario of having no backup. Robbie talks to her about what could be done, and what should be done.
  • Viewer Question: I'm looking for a simple HTML web site for my consulting business. Can you recommend a good site I can use to find a template to meet my needs of a small, 5-page web site?
  • Sasha's Question: What is PHP?
  • Viewer Comment: Wordpress is much more than just a blog software these days.
  • Viewer Question: I was wondering, what year was it that you got into Linux? What was your first distro and why did you make the switch? When Gnome 2 is no longer available, what will you do?
  • {play 32:46}Top Stories from the Category5.TV Newsroom
  • {play 40:41}Feature: Controlling your computer with free software and a cheap webcam.
    • Downloading Enable Viacam - cat5.tv/cameramouse
    • Installing eviacam using their PPA.
    • Running Enable Viacam for the first time.
    • Calibrating Enable Viacam using assisted calibration.
    • Using Enable Viacam to control your mouse cursor and launch applications.
  • Linux software installation via repositories is an awesome way to install software.

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  • Host: Robbie Ferguson
  • Co-Host: Sasha Dirmeitis

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