Your iSight is (not) Spying on You


— the groundbreaking graphics development environment that allows you to explore the incredible power of the graphics stack of Mac OS X Tiger as Apple puts it — can also use your iSight camera’s input and manipulate it in different “groundbreaking” ways.

Although older than a year this manipulation technique is still very cool and I only recently got the chance of trying this myself on my MBP.

This whole thing came up again on digg yesterday with the statement that your picture can be viewed remotely. But there is definitely no need to smile for Big Brother as the video feed never leaves your own computer.

Nevertheless, using Quartz Composer to turn your camera’s feed into a motion detector, adding a Matrix-like color theme and some information about the viewer’s computer looks a bit scary when viewed for the first time. So It may be fun to point your iSight-using friends to this URL.

View it now!
(You’ll need Mac OS X 10.4.x and an iSight camera.)

MotionSensor3 by Sam Kass. “Matrixification” by Daniel Gattermann.

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