will there be an external webcam for the ipad 1 in 2012?

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  1. Squeezebox4jazz
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    will there be an external webcam for the ipad 1 in 2012? i incredulous no one has come up with an after market solution for such a glaring omission from ipad1
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    I cannot see this happening as a webcam would need a power source. The connection to the iPad does not supply power.

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    i would not see a battery or dc powered webcam as an issue or obstacle.. Why is this perceived as an issue?

    i have a 64 GB wifi 3G iPad1, and have a lot of programs on it. i would be happy with a web cam solution of any type.

    Bill
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    I don't know why, we have had other members also hoping for a solution here. I guess if someone did come up with a self powered unit there would still be the problem of having Applications identifying it, which then would involve Developers getting on board. It sounds simple but I'm thinking the 'big picture' is altogether different. Sorry I can't help you.

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    Sound to me like you want an iPad 2, honestly.
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    By 2012 the camera would cost more than the IPad 1.
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    I doubt that!

    I believe our throw away mentality does not run that deep.

    Some enterprising aftermarket company will be only too happy to provide a powered webcam solution for the millions if iPad 1, and itouch users out there...

    Still leaving the question on the table.... Doubters should present plausible logic. Low hanging fruit has been explored already.

    I love a good decomposition of a problem ...out of which can come a possible solution...

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    You're suggesting that someone will spend research, development, production and marketing time to build an accessory for a device that's no longer made, which an unknown number of people (probably few) would buy. That seems illogical to me, but there have been plenty of failed enterprises built on little logic, and maybe you'll get lucky and someone will build what you want and you can buy one before they go out of business, lol.
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    Well I am an iPad 1 user and got I pod touch 2nd gen ..I also need cam..if still no cam in ipad2 then there was a chance , but as they had in advance devices so it seems difficult right now...well I don't think so few will buy..I love my iPad one , no matter what happens, because it's 1st tablet pc for me and world. Many reasons to keep iPad 1 ..if we can have some camera working with blue tooth , I would love to have it .. Any how's it's never ending debate..
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    I located an Ipad 1 64 G on e bay for $300 and stayed there for 4 days before it was sold.
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    I had an idea about a year ago and spent a lot of money on trying to develop a helmet camera for the iPhone, I managed to get company in the far east to produce a camera for attachment to the iPhone, however the iPhone would not let me produce a app to support third party attachments. Can't spend anymore money on this, even though I would love too.
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    I seem to remember reading that there are a pair of programs (Camera A and Camera B, I think they are called) that will turn your iPhone into a camera for the iPad 1. I have no idea whether this is true, but it might be worth a look around the app store.
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    I'm not knowledgable on this subject at all but I noticed in the app store that there is an app by Panasonic that will control and view a security camera as well as record 30 second segments. Surely if this is possible then using a camera as a webcam isn't too much of a leap......but hey, what do I know!

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    This thread is becoming quite interesting with all these thoughts and ideas. Everything starts with an idea!

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    The idea is for an external web camera that people want to use with Skype, etc., (so that people can see the person with an iPad 1, despite no camera), not that people want to stream video from a security camera to an iPad, which you can do with many security systems. (I use such a security set-up at my second home, and can view from iDevices and PC.)

    I read about Camera A Camera B a while back on some tech blog and checked it out because I have iPhone and iPad. The app lets you use your iPad to view what's on your iPhone camera screen before you take a photo on your iPhone (like using your iPad as a giant viewfinder).
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    Well when there was only iPad one , I read on some tech blog , if you have iPad and an iPhone ..you can use iPhone as a cam for your iPad....never tried ..any one experienced ? Well am planing to go for iPad 2 , instead of thinking so much about having external cam :)
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    Definitely interested in this thread!
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    I have invented things, and gone through the process of taking something from an idea to the market.

    Since there are aftermarket companies who produce docks and adapters such as Scosche, and many others who have successfully established a brand as well as channels for successful distribution, why not one one of them?

    Yes, development may be a cost, but if the market demand is perceived as worthwhile, then it is a good bet for investing some time into it. Establishing and driving a market presence and reputation is the expensive part in comparison to development, prototyping and beta testing.

    I would be interested to know how many iPad 1 units are out there in the world? Not to mention all the cameraless iTouch units.....

    Are there any stats on the iPad 1 sales life cycle?

    Just because it doesn't exist doesn't mean there is no need. If Apple gear is "all that", then there are many years of enjoyment still left in the not so obsolete iPad 1 units.

    I remain curious and hopeful.

    Bill

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