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    Creative solutions requested!

    I don't seem to have had much response to questions about webcams, but here goes!

    I have bought a Logitech webcam, which has a roughly triangular base, about 2" (5cm) long on each side. I have a TFT screen whose top is about 1
    <font face="Script MT Bold"><font color=blue><big><big>John</big></big></font color=blue></font face=script>

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    Re: Creative solutions requested!

    John

    I have often found the DIY solution is the best way forward on this type of problem. I had a similar problem with a microphone, it was always being knocked off by the kids, books knocking it etc.

    The problem maybe that the cable is too heavy, is there a way that you fix around the back of the monitor so that it doesn't weigh down on the webcam. It maybe possible to use cable ties to shore it up against the back of the VDU thus allowing the cam to sit on top?

    I know you didn't want a "sticky tape" solution but I found the best way to hold my mike on was to use a double sided sticky foam pad made by Sellotape ( You may have a different name in your part of the world as I know the <img src=/S/aussie.gif border=0 alt=aussie width=21 height=22> call it Durex which is a condom here!!!).

    Sorry all I can think of in my lunch hour.

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    Re: Creative solutions requested!

    John,
    Here is one way of improving your iSight

    (but you knew I would say that, didn't you. <img src=/S/duck.gif border=0 alt=duck width=23 height=23>) Camera comes with three stands and works with any PC (or Mac) that uses firewire. One of the stands is designed for a flat screen, one other for a lap top and the last for a traditional CRT.

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    Re: Creative solutions requested!

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    I see that, yet again, you are vainly attempting to promote that obsolete pseudo-PC and associated peripheral equipment! <img src=/S/duck.gif border=0 alt=duck width=23 height=23> <img src=/S/hosed.gif border=0 alt=hosed width=73 height=24> <img src=/S/exclamation.gif border=0 alt=exclamation width=15 height=15>

    Seriously, it looks very pretty and apparently comes with something called DesigN, but I've already got a working (if gravitationally-challenged!) webcam, and don't have a Firewire port...
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    Jezza

    You didn't get any clue about where I lived from my original post? We have heard of Sellotape, even here in the West Country...!
    My idea on that front is the equivalent of double-sided sellotape, but double-sided sticky velcro. So far I have found (in Tescos) "Stick and Sew" velcro - I need "Stick and Stick"! Then I could remove the webcam when not in use with that wonderful ripping sound that velcro makes! (Do we have velcro in the US, folks??).

    Sadly, there would be no problem with an ordinary VDU -- the snag is with flat panel screens. There's nothing at the back of the flat panel screeen to which I could easily fix the camera cable, because the case falls away so rapidly.
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    Sorry mate,

    I only realised you were from Bristol after I looked at your personal panel wah wah oops! <img src=/S/blush.gif border=0 alt=blush width=15 height=15>

    This idea?

    couldn't resist it <img src=/S/sorry.gif border=0 alt=sorry width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Creative solutions requested!

    Jezza

    I had actually considered using a g-clamp (or is it g-cramp?)! But my second idea is to simulate it somewhat out of carved foam...!
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    Re: Creative solutions requested!

    If you're at all handy, you could build yourself a little shelf that hangs from the top of the flat panel.... similar to what you'd see "roller-waitresses" bring food on to your car at a drive-up restaurant (do these still exist?). You know the style... roll the window down, hang the tray over the door frame (through the window), and it's supported by downward triangles.

    I'd imagine using wood would be the cheapest solution, but plastics would look cooler....
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    We can get double stickie velcro strips here in <img src=/S/flags/Switzerland.gif border=0 alt=Switzerland width=18 height=18>. Have you tried the DYI department?

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    Re: Creative solutions requested!

    Chris - I can see what you mean, but I don't think we ever had this sort of thing in the UK.

    Bowlie - at my third Tesco's I managed to find the double-sided sticky velcro!

    Sadly, I had really been hoping that someone would tell me that there was a customised clip/stand/attachment thing, and I could buy it here...
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    Re: Creative solutions requested!

    John,

    You could also try an electronics supply store and look for the tiny adhesive cable clips they sell in packs. By placing these on the cable rather than the Webcam, you will be taking the weight off the camera and the cable won't be pulling it away. You still have the ability to move the cam somewhat to adjust it if you have to do so.

    The key to making these things stick properly is to clean the surface where it will be applied, with a touch of alcohol, ( rubbing not drinking type ) Then sticking them on and leaving them alone for a few minutes before placing the cable. I use them on my webcam for the same reason you mention. Works great. <img src=/S/clever.gif border=0 alt=clever width=15 height=15>

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    <hr>Sadly, I had really been hoping that someone would tell me that there was a customised clip/stand/attachment thing, and I could buy it<hr>
    here Hey - If you had a Mac it would have been much easier!

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    Re: Creative solutions requested!

    Maybe you can build a little upside-down U stand for it with Lego-brand plastic building blocks. I believe they are available in colors to match all monitors. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Creative solutions requested!

    Have you thought of using Blu-Tac? A bit 'tacky', I suppose, but then again isn't that what you're after? And it's quieter than velcro and more durable than sellotape.

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    Re: Creative solutions requested!

    Hi, John ~

    If you don't want to purchase a notebook-specific webcam and want to avoid sloppy, ugly jerry-rigging w/ tape, velcro, etc., perhaps a small investment of a little more than 6.00 and your craftiness will well accomplish your goal. <IMG SRC=http://www.krymow.com/images/construction.gif>

    I would acquire a Digital Camera Mount and just fashion either the base or remove the base and fashion the bottom of the webcam to accomodate. This would be easy to do, save you money, and look nice as well as being practical. Unfortunately the site I direct you to has them currently out of stock, but they should re-up eventually or I am sure there are other vendors for digital cameras that would have such an accessory. These clamps are sturdy and safe for your lid or TFT.

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