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Webcams in different parts of the world are interesting to look at. What about one where you could choose your view? Try mine out!
I used a colour camera with a zoom & focus lens mounted on a standard pan & tilt bracket connected into a video capture card to create a webcam where the viewer chose the view.
The web side of the camera is a Linux box with a Win-TV card for the image capture. I've built a small interface driver board to do the movements that's hooked up to the parallel port.
The webcam is not designed for high usage levels so the software will need a bit of redesigning if load becomes heavy.
Currently what happens is as follows:
Or if a movement is selected:
Components for the setup:
And bits I found laying around
And all the usual tools, soldering iron, large hammer etc...
On to construction, but you may want a peek at the circuit diagram or the finished result.