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Reimagining the role of webcams

As cameras integrate with 5G technology, we are moving beyond mere live streaming, creating numerous possibilities for Education 4.0

Tom is walking on a busy street, his hands full with shopping bags. He sees something remarkable and wants to capture the image or a video. Rather than reaching out to his pockets to fetch his smartphone, he will now be able to issue a voice command to trigger his smart glasses equipped with a high-resolution camera to take a picture or a video. 

Now imagine another scenario where the same camera, with an ability to scan faces and objects, can recognise and issue an alert in case of a specific person, object or an impending danger.  

As camera and wearable technology integrate with 5G technology, we are moving beyond mere live streaming, creating multiple opportunities, possibilities and integrations, impacting the progress of Industry 4.0. 

Webcams in itself have come a long way since the time it was first used in 1993 to monitor a coffee machine at the Cambridge University, from a very low resolution, producing mostly blurry visuals to an ultra-HD resolution devices capable enough to not just capture and transmit visuals but also the ability to analyse live feed. 

The recently concluded CES 2023 was indeed a witness to some such technology. The PTZOptics Studio Pro, which won the best camera at CES, is much more than a simple webcam.  

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