Yawcam - A Basic Introduction
Yawcam - short for yawcam - is short for, well, that and it's what it's called;-) Windows based web cams are rather popular these days, more so since Microsoft has announced plans to get them into the operating system. For those of you who aren't familiar with the term, a web cam is basically a piece of hardware that projects an image directly onto your computer screen. Web cams are available in two different types: hardware based and software based. The hardware-based cam does not require any software to run, while the software based one needs to have some sort of software installed on the computer in order to operate. The Yawcam Windows based cam will be different, because it doesn't need any software to run - just the normal Windows installation.
The main ideas for Yawcam are to keep it simple and easy to use but yet to include all the standard features that you would expect from a cam. This means that it can be used as a web cam, a video streaming cam, or as an image capturing device. It can take a variety of different pictures, which will be used for things like showing visitors where the front door of your house is, or it can even act as a security camera. This last thing is useful if you want to monitor your home from a distance, and will allow you to see what's going on at your home without having to actually go up and over there.
The way Yawcam works is that it records a variety of motion sensor events and then uses an algorithm to create a movie out of them. Once you load the video onto your Yawcam web cam, you can simply do whatever you want to do with it. Since Yawcam allows you to stream the images on its website, it also gives you the ability to pause, rewind, and replay the videos so you don't have to go through the hassle of getting to your PC and transferring the content manually. You also get the added ability to password protect your images with a username and password you set up on your Yawcam account, so that only those you need to have access to the video data will be able to view it.