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Video Camera Mounting Apparatus for Personal Computers

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000105836D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-20
Document File: 2 page(s) / 94K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Baker, RG: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Disclosed is apparatus for mounting a video camera on a personal computer, or on the display unit thereof, in such a way that the camera can be alternately pointed at a seated individual, at a group of people, at a document on a table, etc. This apparatus is particularly useful in attachment to a personal computer used for videoconferencing.

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Video Camera Mounting Apparatus for Personal Computers

      Disclosed is apparatus for mounting a video camera on a
personal computer, or on the display unit thereof, in such a way that
the camera can be alternately pointed at a seated individual, at a
group of people, at a document on a table, etc.  This apparatus is
particularly useful in attachment to a personal computer used for
videoconferencing.

      As shown in the Figure, a small, generally cylindrical video
camera 1 is movably mounted on a personal computer 2 by means of an
adjustable mounting apparatus 3, which includes a pair of mounting
blocks 4, a telescoping arm assembly 5, a double ball joint assembly
6, camera-mounting arm 7, and a camera-mounting clamp 8.  Each
mounting block 4 is preferably attached to an upper surface 9 of
personal computer 2 by means of separable fasteners 10, which may be
Velcro* fasteners.  Telescoping arm assembly 5 includes an internal
shaft 11, which slides relative to outer tube 12, providing variable
lateral extension of camera 1 relative to personal computer 2.
Telescoping arm assembly 5 may include several concentric tubes in
the manner of an automobile antenna.  Non-circular shafts or tubes
are employed to prevent the axial rotation of internal shaft 11,
relative to outer tube 12.

      Internal shaft 11 and camera-mounting arm 7 are flexibly
connected by double ball joint assembly 6, which includes mounting
balls (not shown) extending from shaft 11 and from arm 7, and a
socket rotating on one of these balls at each end of a socket tube
13.  While motion through a wide variety of angles is permitted by
assembly 6, sufficient resis tance to mot...