Weird webcam mod that enables eye-contact conversation

פורסם בתאריך 26 מאי 2020
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  • "To test it, I'll be calling my mom. But why call my actual mom, when I can build one? For that, I'm going to need..."

    • Made me actually laugh out loud.

    • and for this we are going to use... you guessed it...Brass! xD

    • My wife actually thought im crazy after laughing non stop...

    • @Demian make one!

    • i don't have a mom

  • I feel like I'm watching Art Attack for adults. I feel happy.

    • Loved that show it ised to come in tv , i specially loved coconut anna

    • "try it yourself!"

    • _Matthew Perks:_ *This is a DIY Perks.* *THIS is a DIY Perks.* *THIS IS DIY Perks!* 🎵🥁🎵🥁🎵🥁 (Drums & Music begins) 🎵🥁🎵🥁🎵🥁

    • yeah, and these're cool af

    • Art attackk , I hadn't heard this name for years :,-)

  • "it's easy to make" **pulls out perfect size mirror for his laptop** - all jokes aside this was a great video!

    • Attn: @DIY Perks Keeping in mind that you can, on a laptop, move and resize the window displaying the other person on the call… do so and then bindi the lens of the external camera over the caller's face. Looking into the eyes of the image of your caller in its window will result in your eye-line falling _slightly_ below the 'natural' eye-line (i.e. eye-to-eye), which is arguably a better way to address someone -- it has you 'looking' at points just below their eye(s). Direct, but non-confrontational. You can vary the location of the bindi from the mid-point of the forehead down to the bridge of the nose of the image of your caller, with the lower position probably being more 'natural'. If you set up the camera 'boom' using stiff wire, once set up, you can re-use the configuration with little fuss. A narrow camera+mic would be preferable in any case. The foam-board would better be used to raise your own laptop (or handheld device) to your own eye-level.

    • He did not show how to cut one to size.

    • @Leslie Solorzano it's plastic mirror, nowhere near as brittle. Just put some of the same foam board around it in transport. Hell, it'll even slip inside the shroud when collapsed.

    • thought the same thing XD. I wouldnt want to carry a mirror in my bag

  • Dunno about a portable version like that, but I could see the benefits of a permanent setup for teleconferencing from home. That said, most the people I know are using their phones or are sitting in some kind of boardroom where the screen and camera are so far away, it's impossible to tell if they're making eye contact.

  • Hey Matt, wonderful initiative as always. I have been "trying" to build my own DIY teleprompter with the same concept and components (in fact that's exactly what you have built as well). However, I always keep getting stuck at acquiring a two way mirror, especially one that's acrylic. I believe the technical name for such two way mirror is "beam-splitter" which usually has its refractive and reflective ratio specified in percentage ranges of 50-50, 60-40, and 70-30. In India I have tried to source them locally for individual quantity, but have failed. Even in other platforms for imports from other countries, the minimum quantity requirements is either highly prohibitive (the lowest I have seen is 30 sheets of 10' × 6') or extremely expensive for DIY projects. And that too, all glass base. However, when I saw your project used an acrylic based beam-splitter, I raised my hopes high again. However, all was for naught, since the Amazon link you've provided in the description doesn't lead anywhere specific for the exact product available in India. If you'd be kind enough to perhaps specify the exact details of the product, or even point out potential suppliers for the same, I'd be very grateful. Keep up the great work, and please send my regards to your mum!

  • "When we talk to each other we look each other in the eyes" Introverts: we what now?

    • @OppirompaMiDotCom Reaching just a bit there, aren't you?

    • @Aaron Exton while being the "actually..." guy is the pinnacle of social aptitude

    • Introversion and shyness are not the same thing. Introverts can be perfectly capable of normal social interaction. Extroverts can be shy around people. An introvert is simply somebody who is more relaxed in their own company and finds social interaction draining (even if they enjoy it and are good at it). An extrovert is the opposite. They are more relaxed when in the company of others and find themselves becoming bored or restless when alone. In other words... Being unable to make eye contact while interacting with people isn't because you're an introvert, it's because you're socially inept.

    • I failed to notice any difference between the setups, in fact when the woman looked at the laptop camera it seemed to me that she was looking up, not at me.

    • @EbenMK thank you

  • And it's a really interesting reverse TelePrompter. As some folk may not know, the real device in TV production puts the camera behind the semi-silvered mirror and the screen (your laptop) on the bottom. In essence the camera and speaker are directly facing each other with a reflection of the screen - usually the script rolling upwards - being all the speaker sees. That's how newsreaders and announcers get through reams of script without looking away.

  • I love this idea. Simple (more or less), cheap, and reasonably elegant. I think it would work brilliantly for chats, but not so well for presentations, as the camera angle is a bit low. Maybe an angled base would solve that problem. However, I might make the shroud, at very least - or as a starter - because I think it would work well using the laptop outside. And I could also place the shroud behind the computer camera to put the light on (I have been struggling a little with lighting, mostly because I find adding lighting makes me squint - this might be soft enough) Anyway, I see a lot of potential for playing around and seeing what else this idea can be repurposed for. Thanks so much. And very well presented/edited video.

  • Seems like a lot of work to look at people I don’t want to see

  • Brilliant! This is something I've struggled with a ton. I've even gone as far as to suspend my webcam in the middle of my screen which is of course effective but definitely not ideal. Looking forward to making one of these bad boys myself. Great job!

  • there have been prototype phones coming out with under screen cameras, mostly to remove the horrible notch/hole punch that modern phones have. the cool thing about those is is that once properly implemented, they could go wherever on the screen, even in the middle of the screen where we look during voice chat. and if something like that came to laptops, then we'd be able to maintain eye contact naturally

  • Hey Matt, your image got shaky, I think because the added weight on the laptop screen. And for the lighting, I would mod the LED strip (or drill some holes on the metal strip and place some common LEDs) to make it 5v powered instead 12v, so the entire think could be powered from the same USB cable.

  • Anyone have thoughts on if having this eye-contact modification will help mitigate 'zoom-fatigue"? Or is zoom-fatigue more a matter of our brains trying to simultaneously scan for non-verbal cues for more than one face, when on calls with 2 or more other people? And is our brain trying to scan our own non-verbal cues, as well, adding to the fatigue? [when having our own image shown with the others in a grid layout] /this is primarily for laptop/desktop monitors and not on mobile devices

  • "It's very easy! just use crafting foam" ...okay I can do that "then fit a two-way mirror in there" ...okay getting a bit hard "finally disassemble an old laptop and take its webcam" NOW HOLD UP

    • And most people with those skills attained them by just trying it out. I'll never understand the weird idea some people have of learning how to do things before doing them. Learn by doing, people.

    • AGUATIAAA!!!

    • @dog face Yes but the diy you're talking about then barely functions and looks like trash, his projects are a lot more refined that anything you can see off of 5 minute crafts or troom troom.

    • @Praecantetia It is definitely feasible, just do your calculations if you plan on building this project

    • @SMOKER wouldn't that take up too much space?

  • This is technically the same technique as a teleprompter used in newsrooms. Where they use it for the same reason of maintaining eye contact with out looking directly the camera screen. Really genius 😃. Never thought it could be used in home

    • Yup, ILaward channel "Technology Connections" uses one and made a video on it, instead of the camera being on bottom and screen on top it is flipped so the screen is on bottom and is what is reflected. You look at the mirror reading the reflection while also looking at the camera through the mirror, super simple yet very clever.

  • When DIY-people on ILaward makes something, it seems 10x easier and faster than it really is, to construct something.

  • Super piece of diy explanation! It's really worthwhile. A couple of years ago I made up one near enough identical without having seen this video. Wanted maximum engagement with a new friend in faraway France. She noticed the steady eye contact immediately, and very much liked it. In my case, I used a desktop Mac, with plug-in webcam positioned behind the half-silvered mirror.

  • If one attached something magnetic to the back of the webcam, maybe one could use a strong magnet on the other side of the foamboard to adjust the camera position. What do you think?

  • Hiya, Matt’s Mum! Matt makes brilliant videos that also seem to naturally alleviate my anxiety issues. Whenever I’m having a particularly bad episode and the medication isn’t quite handling it for me, I do some breathing exercises and watch DIY Perks. Even if it takes an hour, it absolutely works. And I get to learn something at the same time. You have an amazing son, and thank you so much for raising this person into the incredible young man he is. Love to all of you in the UK. Stay home, stay safe, and be well ❤️

    • Thanks lol I live in london

    • Glad to hear that DIY Perks is helping you manage your anxiety. Matt has such a soothing voice that I can see him doing guided meditations. BTW, consider adding meditation to your anxiety management tool box. I didn't know how much tension I was carrying around until I used meditation to become conscious of it and where it was in my body.

    • cool view,thnx

    • ❤️

  • Great presenting skills! Questions: 1) This would hide your laptop screen, rendering it unusable during calls wouldn't it? 2) Is there possibly a version of this hack for presenters? eg- maybe a dual-monitor set up that allows a powerpoint presentation (including Speaker Notes) to be used. I think many psychotherapists might be interested in this too, considering the importance of eye-contact in communication. Loving this channel (and your lighting set-up) but if I subscribe I think I'll never get any work done this week 😅

    • @Erica King ha!- thats just what I do! 🙂 The fix for the problem here will be difficult. Looking at your own face all the time is the problem with the hack in the video. Maybe something like a pepper's ghost approach could solve it?

    • Hi! I’ve started doing online therapy this year, and I think you raised good questions. I’d also be interested in a solution, but what I’ve been doing so far during my sessions is make the Zoom window smaller and place it near the top-middle part of the screen (I use a 24” external monitor) where my webcam is hanging. It helps a bit (I think). It’s a different story though when I’m teaching online classes and I’m referring to two monitors + presenter notes + my students’ faces.

  • You know what man... you always create such easy to follow high quality guides! Should have subscribed years ago, but I did just now. Thanks for serving us

  • So essentially you're just making a reverse-teleprompter. Lol, love it though.

    • @Tony Ko While the function is the same, technically it's still reversed. With a usual telepromter the camera is behind the mirror and the screen under it.

    • @Yusuf that technology has a long way to go. No existing product has one that works great (camera requires filtering and has lots of noise)

    • It's not reverse at all. Put text on the screen and it's a teleprompter, like exactly so, it would show text while letting you look into the camera.

    • @Lionheart GG I won't be. Also it's going to be dead in the water since under display camera are starting come out on phones, eventually you'll see it in laptops and placed probably in the middle.

    • @Blondie SL I look better mirrored and I can write backwards, or simply write on a glass wall in front of you so it's backwards to the camera

  • I really enjoy this video! The concept itself seems like something the General populace doesn’t notice. And with every new smart device that comes out furthering this “Non-direct” eye contact culture. There was a concept awhile back that uses A.I. to correct the eyes but this is so much simpler

  • the beauty of his content are the totally ghetto methods used to produce really thought out, practical stuff. Really cool!

    • @DissTrackted By Hotcakes The CerealKiller GameCat hahaha I'm MAD

  • This is even easier: make the tiny webcam without the foam, just connect the usb cable , leave it hanging in front of your screen so that when you look at the other person the camera is more or less there and you get the same effect. With some tape on the wire to prevent the camera from facing sideways. Profit.

    • given how tiny cell phone cameras are this is totally a doable thing commercially; it would only block a tiny amount of the screen if custom built for that purpose

    • I was going to say the same thing!

    • 🏅

    • Honestly though learning I could do the camera thing, I just may try your plan. Hemmmmm

  • When it comes to electronics, i always find it a little difficult. But this device helps enormously in online conversations and brings points of sympathy with the other person. Very helpful and practical thoughts. Thx for that.

  • This guy is a damn genius, I swear! Always creating just the things we need, but didn't know we needed :)

  • What a very clever innovation, just what I expect from you and this channel. Looks very good indeed and not to difficult or expensive to build which is a great bonus. Great video and thanks for all your hard work and thought you put into your projects. Cheers.

  • I watch you since I was in highschool, when I didn't even know how to speak english, now I can say thanks. greetings from Chile Sir.

    • I'm also from Chile.

    • -x , How comes you writin a lot in English, but ain't sayin much beside thanks and greetings to chillis?

    • Este weon hace muy buenos videos siono?

  • I LOVE THIS! I'm not sure I'll make it but I love the options it opens up. I am so amazed by the ideas you have and how to make them. I really hope there's a commercial solution to this soon! I completely agree that I miss eye contact!

  • This is the best DIY Channel on the Internet. Every video has a great subject, high production quality, writing that is very clear and informative, and the host is a dashing man from the UK with an incredibly smooth voice. What's not to love?

    • yes, hahah is just he is funny, in the best way!

  • Your videos are awesome. I don’t think I’ll ever give myself the time to make the mods, but I absolutely love seeing how they’re made. Thanks for everything you create!!!

  • Hi Matt. Love this idea - eye contact is so important! However, the camera in a smart phone is so much better than the ones in laptops. Is it possible to use a part from a phone to do the same project? Or is the connection to USB not straightforward to those devices?

    • Why not just use your black (covered) phone at the bottom of the shroud and connect it wirelessly to the laptop? Would save a lot of work! (On Zoom calls Iriun Webcam can be used for wireless connection of the phone to the laptop)

  • Just imagine how much crap this guy has at home. From led lights to cables. It would be nice if he did some home tour someday.

    • He has organization skills and doesn't have a garages full of stuff. Like we here in the U.S

    • He probably has less crap than me buying stuff to make DIY and never actually making it

    • I haven't seen his tour video (yet) but i bet it's all well-organized. I'm a pack rat, not organized but I have some time on my hands now 😉

    • "from led lights to cables" lol thats not a very broad spectrum, if you have led's id assume you have wires.

    • It's pretty normal to have these stuff at home. I got inspired of his glowing mushrooms video and i had everything that was needed to make it

  • in conversation, to show interest you can actually look at people's mouths. this makes it look like you're actually valuing what they're saying more. while using webcams, this actually is a natural side effect of the camera being placed slightly above the screen, hence why it doesn't feel completely unnatural to videochat.

    • looking at someone's mouth will imply intimacy or attraction

    • Right. If you don't like your laptop, switch to your phone. Mostly because the phone's camera is generally better at focusing and allow for more variety in distance.

  • Matt, for me and my business, this is genius and quite invaluable when building business relationships over what has become the new normal. Like it or not, video conversations is happening now and having the ability to look professional is essential. Great work. I have a question. Can this be modified to include a teleprompt whilst still giving the impression of looking at then being able to switch back to video to see reaction, or even split the screen, without looking like your reading ? DO you have any ideas or solutions for this. (Eg giving a presentation or a team talk but needing to read a speech etc) Thanks in advance

    • I mean, ultimately, this is an illusion. You will look like you're making eye contact regardless of what you're looking at, as long as you're looking at the center of the screen (or, to be more precise, wherever the camera's reflection ends up being). So you could just put the text in the center of the screen, read it, and the person on the other end would be none the wiser. That said, when people quickly scan over text, sometimes you can actually notice their eyes moving left to right, back and forth, as they scan over lines of text. This could not only be a tell that one is reading text, but it might even look noticeably unnatural, as peoples eyes usually don't move back and forth while also looking you in the eyes. If you *really* needed a teleprompter system, you could try to limit the words on screen to two or three words in small font towards the center, which would mean your eyes don't have to move around much to read, but it might be a pain to try to read that at a quick pace and sound natural. That said, it is definitely *possible*.

  • I loved it!! Can you do it with a smartphone? That would be a "mini" version of this one. Keep up with the great work

  • Another idea that could work for this (especially in a desktop setup) would be to make a teleprompter with a flipped screen above the mirror and a mirrorless camera behind.

  • I feel like one could get away with just hanging the additional webcam from the top of the laptop in front of the screen where the other persons face will be without the shroud and the mirror. Yes you will loose a bit of the face but it would be even 95% smaller to build and since the camera is very tiny. Maybe one could even detach the sensor and lens from the board and just temporarily stick that to the screen.

  • Hi, Matt and everyone, How much do you think blocking off the light actually affects the brightness and other attributes of the image quality? I'm thinking of making a version of this for a desktop monitor and would prefer to avoid bulkiness.

  • Since you already have that tiny, flat camera, I was wondering: would it work if you place that camera in front of the screen, about where the other persons face is? - I know, I know, it won't be as good. But given how much easier it is to build, it could be an option. Or what might be the problem?

  • I built a one of these incorporating my Canon DSLR and 24" monitor and using it is a seriously incredible experience. Thanks so much for the tutorial.

  • i love how his mom also looks like she is looking into the camera

    • Yeah I think his mom has had a lot of practice, lol

    • Marm*

    • How could he have failed to mention that this DIY hack is so effective that it works for both parties even if only one person has it!! Now I already thought this hack was brilliant (not sarcasm) but webcam housing that makes both sides look like they are looking into the camera?! Better get a patent on that pronto dude!

    • @Zak 123 What is a UK ?

    • I noticed that immediately too. Kind of defeats the whole video so let's pretend it didn't happen for Matt's sake...

  • 👍Thank you, Matt!!! This is amazing! Your channel and content and music and voice and quality are all so calming spot-on and very very informative and above all delightfully entertaining! 🤗

  • I love that when you were trying to show off how impersonal it is using the webcam on the laptop you were still addressing the camera :-D From the thumbnail, I honestly throught you were going to make some sort of periscope attachment for the built-in webcam. So I had a serious WTF moment when you pulled out the shroud, then again when you pulled out the 2-way mirror, but it all clicked as soon as you brought out the hockey-puck webcam. The inverted teleprompter is a clever way of solving the problem, and you can easily adapt this to more than just a laptop display.

  • This was definitely a fun video/DYI project, but even more impressive IMHO would be to use computer vision or maybe even deep learning to do this in software. I'm actually fairly certain I've heard about similar projects. edit: ah, it's called gaze correction, but it apparently creates an uncanny valley effect

  • Nice technique. I'm not much of an electronics type, but I want to try this! Also, the test call is a good illustration of why it's important to have the laptop/webcam on a solid surface that won't wobble.

  • The photo booths I've used use the two-way mirror to get the camera behind a reflection of the menu screen, which helps with aligning yourself with a displayed outline in the middle.

  • Just awesome simple and useful ideas and so easy to DIY ;) Is it difficult to retrieve and reuse mobile phone camera modules without using the entire phone too? This would be a very interesting video to make if there is a chance.

  • Matt, you are a true delight to watch. Great on-line personality!

  • Aww Matt your mum rocks! This is such a cool mod, really does work it's a really really small change but incredibly surprising how much of a difference it makes. This is similar to the way autocues work in film/TV right?

  • Maintaining straight eye contact in video call: "I'm looking at your powerpoint now"

    • And to make it easy i will show you that it is posible without soldering, by simply twisting the wires.

    • @Melker Claesson Grab the motor and rail from an old scanner and hook them up with USB, write a driver that moves the camera if the window with the videocall goes out of focus. For extra points, make it move in 3D for that proper angle and then have it adjust the camera position with facetracking. Not overkill at all. :D

    • lol

    • giggity

  • If you were to kickstarter this, I'm confident that you could get a lot of backers. This is what the world needs right now. We are unable to connect with people like we used to, and this would really help with that.

  • [Looks into a mirror (technically)] _"It's like looking into a mirror"_

  • At some point laptop manufacturers need to place an "invisible" in-display web cam at the correct position for eye contact. I think this sort of thing should be possible.

  • If you can't get the webcam to work there may be an additional step that you need to take. Most webcams run at 3.3V but USB provides 5V. Some will be fine with this but others (like mine which was pulled from a Dell Inspiron) will shut themselves off as soon as you try to pull video from them. A quick and dirty way of stepping the voltage down is to stick two diodes in between between the 5V line of the USB cable and the power wire on the camera instead of soldering them directly together. The cathode end of the diodes (the stripe that's on the diode casing) should point towards the camera end. i.e: USB cable 5V Line ---> Diode (stripe this side) ---> Diode (stripe this side) ---> Power wire on the webcam. I used 1N4001 diodes since I had them for another project and are designed to carry up to 1A of current. If that doesn't make any sense, you can find a diagram by googling for "hackaday 110436". That will bring up a project that explains it further. Thanks for the great video!

  • Here's my 5 second fix: just make their image into a small window, and move their eyes close to the webcam at the center top of your laptop. Now when you look at them you're looking much closer to your webcam - and they will feel like you're looking into their eyes.

    • That is a phenomenal suggestion. Thank you!

    • They should make a screen that's has a transparent spot for a selfie cam right in the middle of the laptop screen. Same as it was done with notchless smartphones

    • @Andre V.C. thank you!!! the box also makes it weird to be always staring into black box

    • That is why I dont understand, that MS Teams has thumbnails of webcams on the bottom of the screen

    • 1 second fix: 😎

  • Way cool. Amazing how it works to maintain eye contact. I've had the same problem when calling. This video is much appreciated. Keep up the good work.

  • This is brilliant! I'm working as a psychologist and we do a lot of patient meetings through the internet. I've been bothered by the fact that it appears like I'm looking down instead of at the clients face during the calls. It feels like I'm not fullt conecting with the clients. This is one solution to this problem.

  • I've always had this idea of using a teleprompter for video calls but for important ones I ended up putting the camera right in front of the screen on top of an upside down coffee cup. And if the screen is large enough and you are far enough from it, it works great

  • This is super helpful and cant wait to try it out! Can you do something similar to dslr's if possible? So it doesnt have to be over the monitor or anything? Thanks again for this guide! :)

  • Feels like this guy is staring into my soul.

  • This person is absolutely brilliant. Always brings a totally new idea out of thin air.

  • Oh wow! this guy actually makes things seem simple. He built everything

  • I think it's actually really creepy if someone stares at you through a monitor. But this is certainly not a 'little modification'

  • Could you achieve the same effect by making a smart mirror that has the 2-way mirror hinged at the bottom so it could be tilted out at a 45° angle and a fold out shelf underneath with the camera mounted in it? The smart mirror would have to be PC based or android based - in order to have video messaging... but it could feasibly work.

    • Basically that's an upside down autocue... It would work much better with a tablet PC that you could place facing upwards on a desk and make a collapsible shroud with the mirror inside that could be placed on top.

  • Funny thing is, matt's mom also appears to be looking at the camera!

    • Interesting how people see things differently.

    • This trick becomes less necessary the smaller the device, as the distance from the center of the screen to the camera lens becomes shorter and shorter. She was probably using a smaller screen device (honestly, his laptop screen is small enough that it's almost unnoticeable if you're doing anything other than staring directly at his eyes. However, this would be an interesting hack to play around with for larger desktop screens where the distance becomes larger.

    • lol .. inntresting but i use to look at camera already

    • WhiteHawkUK no

    • I believe he mentioned that he build her one too.

  • I love everything from this channel and this is no exception. This idea is very inspirational! It seems to be a teleprompter that swaps the base screen for a camera. The materials may not be expensive but if you take care of this, it would last. Teleprompters are expensive! I've been really needing something like this since working from home more lately. I think I'll try this with a 'channel' at the bottom for the camera to slide back and forth in after testing the placement of the camera; or possibly mounting it to the bottom of the enclosure if it works well in one place. Man, re-purposing a laptop camera is a wonderful idea! Those are easy to come by. I wonder if an old phone camera would work since I have a lot of those. I'm surprised that the light wasn't connected to the USB port for a power source. If that's possible, then that'd eliminate the need for a power outlet. Using the same idea of folding, fabric hinges, I think a little foldable 'pop-up' light on the top-front would be a wonderful addition seeing as how that small tube may not work well in travel. Matt's amazing at wire management in other videos, but keeping the camera and optional light separate from the frame doesn't really give you much room to work with hiding the wires. There will probably be leftover fabric and I think creating wire channels along the outside of the frame for the wires to flow to a single spot may work well with a hub (given the light's power source can be USB). The keyboard kind of goes bye bye, but you can get those small hand-held keyboards fairly cheap as well. I'd recommend adding that to this build and possibly a USB hub. Thanks so much for this and everything you do. I am excited to try this!

  • Hi, really liked this one! Being an engineer I see a lot of young people coming up with booming technologies like Machine Learning to come up with innovative solutions to common everyday problems. I am still a huge patron of finding the easiest and most efficient way to solve a problem and using a computer, power and precious silicon to process something not that necessary OR which can be solved with simple mechanical solutions or solutions requiring less power, raw and processing both. This, was exactly that! Just a few days ago, I too saw a young kid mounting a camera on a set of 3 axis motors to track your eye movement so that it feels like you are having eye contact! Of course it gave the user some freedom of movement too. I saw it, was impressed and was thinking if it could be solved more easily. The immediate thought that came to my mind was similar to recent cellphones having hole-punch cameras, but which can sit around the middle of the screen: bad idea but was thinking of something, didn't give it some dedicated thought...and I found this! Absolutely novel and respect to you, mad respect!

  • Fun fact: Apple is already doing that using ARKit in Facetime to artificially adjust your pupils live while you are video calling

    • _(Person dips their head too low)_ ARKit: 👁️👁️ 🙇‍♂️

  • Hi there Matt Good video as usual, just one little gripe, what happens if when you are on a call and you need to type something in, no keyboard, so I was thinking of a little mod. On the lower section cut out the keyboard area including the touchpad area, that is unless you are using a wireless mouse, so basically on the lower area you will have the lower pad and then an oblong cut out area within that. Obviously all laptops are different sizes, with a desktop just move the webcam to the centre

  • I really enjoyed it and I laughed a lot, but the idea of applying a semi-transparent mirror is good. :)

  • This is interesting idea. However after such hard work, you still need to set up everything before a video call, and still affecting the screen using experience anyways. In that case, simply carry that small external webcam (without the foam) with you and before each video chat stick that thin camera onto the laptop screen and voila, much less setup and even better result I would bet

  • This is really good. It makes video calls 100% better. I always wondered why video calling never really took off, and I think you've hit on it.

  • Here's an easier way: Move whatever's on your screen next to your webcam. If it's a script, make sure the text is very narrow and big and continue scrolling so that the text is always next to your webcam. If it's someone on Zoom, make sure their face is next to your webcam. It will create a good illusion of keeping eye contact.

  • He even called his sweet mom to test the eye contact omg this youtuber guys, definitely the best DIY content on whole ILaward!

    • I like Matt, but I'd hardly call it the best DIY content

    • Very wholesome channel

  • I feel like you could turn this into some kind of adjustable kit and make millions right now.

    • Or manufacturers should start doing like cell phones and install the camera behind the screen..though i would feel iffy about that myself lol

    • @BlipStudios Bit distracting though with the camera on a rod on the middle of the screen....

    • it's been done...it's called centercam. Not sure if it's available to all yet but it's much simpler.

    • Copy paste this comment to every one of his videos and it'd still be valid

  • I think you could achieve something similar by using a tilt-shift Lens. Or a wide angle with crop. Wouldn't it be cool if laptop manufacturers integrated a suitable lens into the laptop? Watch the Video "The Weird Lens That Can Invisibly Photograph Mirrors " and you know what I mean.

  • This is underrated. especially with covid. children are easily distracted by teachers not looking at camera etc.

  • Been building my Teleprompter when I ran into your video. Very impressive. Simple and less bulk than the teleprompter, the camera, the tripod and black drape. Get it patented maybe with foldable plastic a lightweight acrylic mirror. I'd buy one