The 10 Weirdest Webcams

By Jennifer L. DeLeo  |  Posted 2007-07-09 Print this article Print

Webcams that look like mini video cameras are so yesterday. These webcams, however, come in the form of plush pandas, Garfield and more.

Webcams are mini-video cameras that are used to send images or continuous frames to a computer screen. Thats the somewhat technical explanation. Whats more interesting is "why" people own them. There are many reasons: Theyre great for videocalling, videoconferencing, Xbox Live gaming, monitoring your home/office, and even spying on your pet (or nanny or…). (Hey, dont you ever wonder what they do all day long?) Webcams are often available as optional computer accessories, and were now seeing them integrated into LCD monitors, like the ViewSonic VX2255wmb, and notebooks, such as Dells Inspiron 1420.

Over the past several years, weve tested a bunch of webcams that offer fun video effects, Skype support, and face tracking capabilities. However, we began to notice a pattern: all of them looked the same! Sure, theyre supposed to resemble small video cameras; but cant manufacturers be more creative? So, of course, we went in search of webcams that really stand out. The devices we gathered dont actually look like webcams at all. Here youll find a plush panda, Garfield, and much more.

Here are a couple of the products youll find in todays 10 Weirdest Webcams slideshow:

USB Panda Web Cam
Pandas are so cute and cuddly, arent they? Apparently, they also make good webcams. The USB Panda Web Cam is a plush Web camera that features a rotating lens, auto exposure and white balance, and a 350K CMOS sensor. It fully supports USB 1.0 and 2.0 and works with ICQ, MSN, Skype, and other services. Adopt a panda webcam today for $24 at USB Brando.

USB Rubber Man Web Cam
Its a bird! Its a plane! No, its Rubber Man! The USB Rubber Man Web Cam from doesnt possess any super powers; rather, it can rotate its head, adjust to any angle, and provides videoconferencing on MSN, Skype, and other services. With a 480K pixel CMOS sensor, it sells for $19.

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Jennifer L. DeLeo

Jennifer L. DeLeo is an Associate Editor for When not ogling over kooky clocks and strange USB products, she is involved in various geeky tasks. Her pride and joy is writing the popular top ten products series, reporting on some of the wackiest and coolest tech around including High-Tech Umbrellas, Disgusting Tech, Unsinkable Gadgets, and Wacky Toasters.

She is involved with editing news stories, conducting search engine optimization, and testing various digital photo frames.

In addition, she's a regular contributor to PC Magazine's gadget blog,, where she writes under the name of 'The Weird Hunter'. Catch her every week on Gearlog Radio as co-host.

Jennifer has a Master's Degree in Web Publishing from New York University and a Bachelor's Degree in English from the University at Albany. She enjoys kayaking, scrapbooking, bicyling, concerts, movies, and reading.


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