Series Introduction: Webcams & 21st Century UC

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Webcams have come along way in the past decade. They’ve gone from a geek-inspiring novelty, producing puny pictures to, in some cases, inexpensive sources of real HD video. Moreover, as their capabilities have improved they have gained acceptance as serious business tools, taking on a significant role in unified communications suites from all the major UC vendors.

All of this implies that a better understanding of webcams can help us to more optimally leverage their capabilities. It can help us to discern the bad from the good, or even great products offered. This can improve how we use video in our daily lives.

So I have set about an exploration of webcams and their ilk, from past experience to present day, and across a variety of use-cases. As always, I approach this with the reckless abandon of an enthusiastic early-adapter.