LG Electronics introduced right now it’s releasing a webcam for its TVs referred to as the LG Good Cam (VC23GA). It’s a $99 1080p digital camera with twin microphones, a bodily privateness shutter, and assist for webOS’s multi-view function, which reveals two apps in a split-screen view on the TV. The webcam is supported on any TV working webOS 22 or webOS 23.
LG is pitching this digital camera as a strategy to do videoconferencing at residence utilizing the webOS RemoteMeeting app, LG’s web-based videoconferencing service. On the health aspect, it’s appropriate with Exercite, which makes use of the webcam to investigate your actions and provide you with stay suggestions, and Flexit, a health platform with one-on-one wellness and train teaching. There’s additionally a Okay-pop dance app referred to as Dwelling Dance by 1M, which LG developed with 1Million Dance Studio and offers you Okay-pop dance tutorials.
The largest drawback with the digital camera is webOS and the truth that I’ve to clarify what all of those apps are. The apps persons are aware of and need to use could not truly be obtainable on an LG TV as a result of webOS is wholly its personal platform and may’t run in style Android and tvOS apps except they’re ported over.
Certain, the RemoteMeeting app is web-based, and anybody might use it, however good luck convincing your complete crew to not use Zoom or Google Meet since you need to sit in your sofa and never use your laptop computer or no matter. It appears like a pitch that’s a little bit late, too, given the pandemic that despatched so many people indoors has principally abated, at the very least from a coverage standpoint.
Particularly as a result of… there are fairly a number of TV webcam options obtainable proper now. Sony launched a fancier TV-based webcam for twice the value for its Bravia TVs. The $199 Bravia Cam has critical Kinect vibes because of its gesture controls, and it might probably inform when your children are sitting too near the TV. The UK-based Sky TV launched an much more costly digital camera referred to as the Sky Dwell just some days in the past. That one begins at £290 (about $370), can do Kinect-style movement controls, but in addition has RGB lights within the again.
Possibly essentially the most compelling digital camera for TVs choice is Apple’s Continuity Digital camera function, which is increasing to the Apple TV later this yr. Since it really works with Apple TV, you don’t have to purchase a selected TV to purchase it — you simply want a $129 Apple TV streaming field and a mount when you don’t need to lean your cellphone in your Xbox or no matter.
Webcams for TVs are coming, and having used AirPlay up to now for FaceTime on my TV, it’s an occasional nice-to-have, however it wants good assist by way of an app ecosystem, and I’m not satisfied by the Good Cam.
We’ve reached out to LG to seek out out if extra apps are coming and if the digital camera can be supported on PCs at any level.
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