I tried all my USB ports, uninstalling and reinstalling the device drivers, etc. Eventually my computer wouldn't even detect that the device was plugged in, and I couldn't use it for Skype at all.
Pretty disappointed in this, as it was pretty great when it actually functioned.
Still, there's one sector of the tech industry that seems to be able to run with new technology faster than any other – and the adult entertainment business has clearly seen a big opportunity in the launch of Apple's i Phone 4, complete with front-facing camera and the Face Time videocalling app.
Phone sex lines are surprisingly popular, representing a multi-billion dollar industry in the USA alone – and it seems savvy operators have been placing employment ads on various online boards looking for presentable young women to act as Face Time video phone sex operators.
When the faceless contributor identifies herself as Laura Barns, a chill descends.
Laura committed suicide a year earlier after a demeaning video of her was posted on You Tube. But we never leave the borders of her laptop; the disembodied, gloved-hand cursor floats eerily over the screen at all times.
Presentable is a key term here – this isn't the sort of phone sex job where you could get away with taking calls in fluffy slippers, a bathrobe and curlers… And the technology itself presents a few new challenges that even webcam girls will be unfamiliar with – the front-facing camera on the i Phone 4 is pretty much designed to capture only your face when you're looking at the screen in a videocall…
point it at other parts of your anatomy, as callers will no doubt demand, and you won't be able to see what's going on.
Now granted, the kid is in Grade 5, and I’m sure it’s all pretty harmless at this stage.I'm sure the ingenuity of the horny will shine through – this is an obvious use of the technology, with Apple's track record and the new i Phone's massive sales suggesting there will be a significant pool to draw a market from – and if there's one thing that can be relied on, it's that randy, lonely men will happily spend money on self-gratification. While sitting in a meeting last week, a girlfriend of mine had a pressing issue she wanted to discuss.I would mainly recommend this for 1 or 3 monitor setups as two monitor setups are typically angled inwards meaning the webcam will not be square on the user however I have two monitors and have found a way to use the cam happily. Something you won't learn from You Tube videos is they have poor quality control.A spokesperson for Lovehoney, which is selling the device, said: "It allows users to get to know their body in its entirety thanks to the remarkably clear footage this camera captures."Thanks to its Face Time compatibility, sharing the view with your lover couldn’t be easier – whether you’re sat right next to each other or miles apart."It costs £119.99 and people are actually buying it."Wow is all I can say," one reviewer wrote.