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Old 06-12-2006, 10:25   #1
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Webcam: Input or Output

Is a webcam an input or output device?

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Old 06-12-2006, 10:30   #2
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Re: Webcam: Input or Output

Input as far as I know.
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Old 06-12-2006, 10:39   #3
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Re: Webcam: Input or Output

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Input as far as I know.
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Old 06-12-2006, 10:41   #4
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Re: Webcam: Input or Output

Input because you're inputing the image from the cam to the PC.
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Re: Webcam: Input or Output

Second vote for input device! It takes video and displays it on your PC, as apposed to a printer which takes data from you PC and outputs it to a piece of paper!!
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Re: Webcam: Input or Output

i disagree, its an output device just as your monitor outputs GFX information for you to see, the webcam outputs data for an input device to take....
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Re: Webcam: Input or Output

input as it doesnt take data from the pc and outputs it to somewhere else
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Re: Webcam: Input or Output

it doesnt matter if its a computer or not, the camera in this case is a webcam example but as per my post here http://www.cableforum.co.uk/board/sh...2#post34173102 yesturday, its clear that the linked wireless webcam is an output device as the receaving end, 'the input' is the other part.
http://www.cricklewoodelectronics.co...2&cat=4&page=1
so the camera (the transmitter)is the output.

yes, i agree its also an input, IE. it takes input as light, then converts it to electrical current for OUTPUT to be transmitted to the input device.......
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Re: Webcam: Input or Output

According to Wikipedia a webcam is an input device.

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Image, video input devices
Image scanner
3D scanner
Digital camera
Webcam
The definition of an input device is something thats connected to the input ports, and in this case it's the input ports of a computer, so a Webcam is an input device just like a mouse and keyboard are. see links,

http://www.technologystudent.com/comps/comp3a.htm
http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebit...icesrev2.shtml
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Re: Webcam: Input or Output

thinking about it, yeah i guess your right, the primary function is to take input (the light source) were as the secondary function is to output that data.....
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thinking about it, yeah i guess your right, the primary function is to take input (the light source) were as the secondary function is to output that data.....
Well it is very confusing when you think about it.
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Re: Webcam: Input or Output

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Well it is very confusing when you think about it.

Just a tad....

You could say a mouse is an output device, because it moves a pointer around a display, but we all know it's an input device!
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Re: Webcam: Input or Output

Normally the terms 'input' and 'output' would be relative to the computer itself.
a computer system always requires I/O ports ( input & output ) it's not much use without any.

Thought of in this ( industry std?) way its not so confusing
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Neither. A strict childhood upbringing forced the webcam to repress its in and out-putting urges.

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Re: Webcam: Input or Output

It's definitely an input device!
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