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Video Conferencing on the Net

Boot Camp feature for Thursday, February 4, 1999

Video Conferencing with your home PC. I'm Fred Fishkin with Bootcamp, a report on computers and technology. If you've got a home computer and friends or relatives with PCs far away, why not hook up face to face in a video conference. The latest edition of Intel's Create and Share Camera pack lets you link up for the cost of a phone call or over the Internet. Intel's Jeff Abbate...

"It includes the tiny Intel PC camera that sits right on top of your monitor and an improved suite of software that lets you do more of the things you would want to do when you put a camera on your PC."

Besides video conferencing, the camera can take still pictures or video that you can include in email or on web sites...

"Other fun things you can do. You can actually play a virtual game of basketball right on your computer screen. So, imagine being able to reach out and bat at a computer generated basketball and plop it right into a hoop."

It's the kind of thing you may have seen in high tech museums. The camera plugs into the USB port, so set up is easy and you don't have to open the computer. You can find it selling for under 125 dollars. There's more information on the web at intel.com/createshare