SignalR, Azure, a Logitech BCC950, some "Little Scott" and a Cloud-Controlled Remote Pan Tilt Zoom Camera

Today's Hardware Friday post isn't .Net Micro Framework, Netduino or even Gadgeteer (yeah, I know! Wow!) yet it is hardware related. Plus it's been a while since I've highlighted work from the one and only Scott Hanselman (After seeing him again at //build/... well, MAN that guy can give a talk! If you've never seen him give one, see him give one. And of course you call know you can catch his //build/ sessions on-demand, right?). Anyway, without further ado...

Cloud-Controlled Remote Pan Tilt Zoom Camera API for a Logitech BCC950 Camera with Azure and SignalR

As a remote worker for almost 5 years now, I live in video conferences. I feel really strongly about the power of seeing someone's face rather than just being a voice on a scratchy speaker phone. I've build an AutoAnswer Kiosk for Lync with some friends that you can get for free at (and read about the code here), I've got a BusyLight so the kids know I'm on a call, and the Holy Grail for the last few years has been a reliable Pan Tilt Zoom camera that I could control remotely.

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A few years ago I super-glued a LifeCam camera to an Eagletron TrackerPod and build a web interface to it. I wanted to do this on the cheap as I can't afford (and my boss is into) a $1500 Panasonic IP Camera.

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As Scott so often does, he takes a personal challenge, solves it, shares it with us all the while teaching us how to fish...


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