The award winning webcam that brings 3D video to the consumer
is now available for purchase worldwide
CES Las Vegas, January 5th – The eagerly awaited Minoru 3D
webcam gets its first public showing, and simultaneous worldwide
launch this week. The British designed 3D webcam has been
fascinating people around the world since it was entered into the
i-stage competition run by the Consumer Electronics Association. After
winning the Fans Favorite award, and a stand at CES, designer David
Holder has been preparing for the launch of the product.
“It’s been a fantastic process to see my design go from drawing board
to finished product. There has been tremendous interest in the Minoru
3D Webcam, and I’m excited to finally have products that people can
try out, and hopefully buy,” said Holder.

The Minoru 3D Webcam is a single piece with two cameras spaced
roughly the same distance apart as human eyes, for the stereoscopic
effect. This creates an anthropomorphic look that means users tend to
look into the eyes of the camera as they light up. The Webcam has a
multi-position stand that can sit or stand on a desk, or perch on a
monitor. Viewers wear special coloured glasses to see the 3D image,
and five pairs are included.
Minoru means “Reality” in Japanese, and it
reflects how users feel about the 3D image.
The Minoru can be used with Windows Live
Messenger, Skype, AOL instant messenger,
OoVoo and other video conferencing
packages. The camera can also be used to
take still pictures or record 3D video for
YouTube. It can also be used as a normal 2D
Webcam.

Pricing and availability
In the US the Minoru 3D Webcam will be available from Amazon.com
for $89.95. The product is currently available for pre-order, with stock
arriving on January 8th.
In the UK the Minoru 3D Webcam will be available from Amazon.co.uk,
and Firebox.com.

Specifications
USB 2.0 High Speed 3D Webcam

Stereo base – 60 mm

Output Modes – 3D, 2D, Picture in Picture (PiP), Side by Side (Cross-eyed and Parallel view, 4:3 squashed or 8:3 wide aspect ratio)

3D Modes –  Optimised Red/Cyan Anaglyph viewed with Red/Cyan 3D Glasses
Row interlaced mode (suitable for eDimensional shutter glasses)

Output size – 1280×480(15/30fps), 800×600(15/30fps), 704×288(30fps), 640×480(15/30fps), 640×240(30fps), 352×288(30fps), 320×240(30fps) pixels

Frame rate – 15 or 30 frames per second, user selectable

Power consumption < 1.5 W operating mode, <2 mW in standby mode