April 17th, 2008

Sad face.

As of a few weeks ago, Scott officially headed back to the United States. His visa ran up after exactly six months here in the land of squishy cheese, so that means I have six more weeks of French-iness without my best friend/fiancĂ©/partner in video-game writing crime. “But it’s the frickin’ Riviera,” you say. “Get over it!” Admittedly, the thing that’s helped the most–besides the sunshine and the friends and the men with baguettes–is my trusty webcam, which let’s me “see” my State-side beau on a daily basis.

The biggest problem there however is that, try as we might, we just can’t seem to make eye contact using webcams. That’s due to the annoying fact that I can either look at Scott’s image on my screen, or I can stare directly at the camera. In the first case, I get to see Scott but, to him, it seems like I’m looking away. In the second, it seems like I’m looking at him, but I’m actually not. One way or the other, it makes for some frustration when you can see someone, say sweet things to them, but can’t look in their eyes.

Scott’s suggestion: camera behind the screen. My suggestion: extend your non-professional visa for Americans, France!

Tags: Bonnie life, webcams

9 Responses to “The Trouble with Webcam Eye Contact”

  1. Soulofaqua Says:

    my solution, ductape the cam to your screen right next to the face then you can look a bit inbetween and it probably does look like you are facing him and you can see him!

  2. Scott Jon Siegel Says:

    Sad face!

  3. Bonnie Ruberg Says:

    Ah, alas, my camera is actually part of my Mac, so it’s not going anywhere…

  4. Soulofaqua Says:

    then just tear down your Mac, if it is an integrated one it’s probably small so it would fit less obnoxious on the monitor!
    If something is not broke, take it apart and fix it, is what my pal Lubeman* always say.
    (translated it’s actually Glijmiddelman)

  5. Magnetic Crow Says:

    I know this problem well. I’m going to school in Cleveland, and my fiance is in Texas. Last year, I was in Salzburg, Austria and he was in Virginia. Webcams are great things, but besides having tiny lenses they do make you seem as if you’re staring off into space when you’re talking with someone.
    I think I’ve picked up the habit of habitually glancing at the lense of my camera now and then, so it looks as if I’m making eye contact sometimes… on the screen anyway.

  6. Bonnie Ruberg Says:

    That’s what I’ve been doing too, Magnetic Crow. It works alright, but still…

    I guess the whole issue is a bit difference if you have the webcam pointed at your crotch instead of your face :).

  7. Marco Says:

    There are now solutions in the market to solve this issue:
    http://www.iris2iris.com/en-UK/home.htm
    and
    http://www.bodelin.com/se2e/

  8. Rod Says:

    Here is your solution – use a periscope!

    http://www.bodelin.com/se2e/

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