When it comes to 3D, we can't help but picture retro 50s America, with hundreds of people sitting in the cinema sporting those ever-so-stylish paper 3D glasses with red and green lenses. However, the technology is beginning to make a resurgence and the Novo Minoru 3D Webcam couldn't be further from our image (although sadly, the paper glasses do include the trademark coloured lenses).
For a start the bright red Novo Minoru 3D Webcam sports a cute-alien style design that put us in mind of Disney's Wall E character. Quite robust looking, the Novo Minoru 3D Webcam has two cameras that are almost the same distance apart as human eyes to create a stereoscopic effect, as well as a built-in microphone and a clamp that secures the webcam to the top of a PC monitor.
The Novo Minoru 3D Webcam is easy to set up. Simply attach it to the top of your monitor and then plug the USB lead into your PC and install the software. The ‘eyes' of the webcam can be moved left or right to focus the camera.
Once you've done this, it's time to adjust the vertical and horizontal alignment of the two images. The closer they are to being in-line, the better the 3D image will appear. Now you can pop on your 3D specs and enjoy the action.
The Novo Minoru 3D Webcam can be used in either 3D, 2D or Picture in Picture mode (which works in 2D and inserts a small picture within a larger image), and it captures video at a maximum resolution of 800x600 at 30fps. It's compatible with Windows Live Messenger and ooVoo Instant Messaging (IM) programmes and Skype's VoIP software.
Simply alter the settings in your IM and VoIP software and choose the Novo Minoru 3D Webcam in place of any other installed camera. The Novo Minoru 3D webcam can also be used to capture video and still images, up to a resolution of 800x600 in 3D, which you can send to family and friends (along with a pair of glasses) to enjoy.
We found the 3D image of the Novo Minoru 3D Webcam clear and sharp. It produced the most convincing images when we moved objects (anything from our hand to a cake) towards the camera.
The Novo Minoru 3D webcam is a fun gadget to play with. While we think adults will tire of the 3D aspect quite soon, it’ll keep kids entertained for a long time, and with a price tag cheaper than some regular webcams that are aimed at the family, we think it’s a good buy.