Applications: to automatically add live, still colour photographs to Web pages
Managers with responsibility for company Web sites are always looking for ways to give their site a competitive edge. The Neteye 200 can provide that extra factor. It?s an all-in-one colour digital camera and Web server that takes snapshots and makes them accessible to anyone visiting your site.
You can incorporate the pictures onto any Web page just by adding a link, and the camera refreshes the image each time someone goes to the site. There are two image sizes ? 352x288 pixels with a file size of 30Kb, and a smaller 15Kb file with 176x144 pixels.
The Neteye 200 consists of a solid steel case measuring only 140x125mm. And you can mount the camera on a wall with an adjustable steel monopod. There is a small LED on the front of the unit which indicates when a snapshot has been taken.
The camera uses a 32-bit RISC processor to compress images, and stores them internally in JPEG format ready for downloading.
Ethernet connection is provided by a 10BaseT port at the rear. There is also a serial port and mini-DIN I/O connector. The serial port is currently unsupported, but with later upgrades you should be able to access the camera remotely using a modem via the serial port.
Installation is straightforward. The camera is linked to the network via the Ethernet connection, and is then given its own IP address. You can access the camera using any Web browser.
The mini DIN I/O socket provides external PAL video output and a 24V power supply to drive other devices through a relay. Two digital input pins allow external switches to be connected for some novel event-driven applications. For example, you can turn the Neteye 200 into a security camera by connecting the switch to a door. This means a picture is taken every time the door is opened.
To include the pictures in your Web pages, you use HTML links specifying the camera?s name and one of two file names as the image source. The larger image is stored in the file ?fullsize.jpg? while the smaller can be found in ?halfsize.jpg?.
The picture is renewed every time the page is accessed. Alternatively, snapshots can be taken at selected intervals and stored as local files on the Web server.
Verdict: this is an innovative solution that can breathe life into tired and boring Web sites. Although expensive, it is easy to install and everything is provided so you can be up and running in minutes.
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