Webcams have always been a great idea. Wouldn't you love to see the person you're communicating with, even when she is halfway around the world? Until now, though, the average Webcam offered fuzzy, jerky, time-delayed streaming video.
Enter the ToUCam, by Philips Electronics. Priced at $69.99, this mini-Webcam looks like an alien. Transmitting images at 60 frames per second, 650X480 VGA resolution, and 24-bit color, the ToUCam offers clear, crisp videoconferencing — even in low light. What's more, it comes with a built-in microphone with remote voice-control capability and a snapshot button for still-shot digital imaging. Learn more on the Web (www.philips.com).
A version of this article appeared in the December 2001 issue of Fast Company magazine.