I really shouldn’t be posting this, as it is really embarrassing. I stamped it’s date in 2004, though I believe it predates that.
iCam - Apple’s greatest product yet!
As you can see, the lens currently being used is a Nikon, but there are other lenses being considered. The white around the lens is a quick change adapter - currently looking at either a removable lens system, or a permanent lens. The adapter allows us to quick change various lens offerings from several companies with high quality optics. A white lens casing will be specially manufactured for Apple.
The overall form is like the iPod, with the controls for zoom in the front, to the right when viewed from in front. The unique thing about the iCam is how it takes pictures, you can choose any 90 degree rotation you want - as the tripod adapter mounts on the BACK, allowing the iCam to be mounted on a tripod in any rotation (even up!). There are two adapters - one ball joint, allowing a hemisphere of rotation (iCam pointed up towards the sky all the way to the lens being parallel to the ground). The second adapter restricts the rotation to 90 degree increments - allowing one to rotate the iCam, while keeping the back perpendicular to the ground. The shutter button will be a lower profile than shown, and will be mounted on both sides, depending on the rotation settings, only one will function. In addition, the zoom settings will switch, based on how you have it set up to rotate.
It functions as a high resolution firewire web cam, but it is recommended to use lower settings for low bandwidth situations.
1600 X 1200 in millions of colors, raw format
4.4 mega pixel CCD
4x optical zoom (subject to change depending on which lens is picked)
4x digital zoom, also iPhoto 2.0.1 includes a touchup digital zoom feature.
raw, .jpg, .gif, .tif, and .pdf file save and export options
20gig (not released until the iPod has this option)
Will record to .mp3, .wav, .aiff
up to 10 hours compressed video, at 640 X 480
Quicktime export, for use in iMovie or stand alone
Built in mic
Still shots can be imported into iMovie
Eco friendly Hemp case, with cotton lining
Adapters as describe above
Firewire for power and data transfer, headphone jack, microphone/line in jack(software switchable)
Will be Mac only compatible, but should be easily hackable (don’t let Apple know that I know this). The images are stored in a hidden folder called " Images".
This device is not made by Apple, and is a spoof, on the general idea that Apple will come out with an Apple branded digital camera. I use, enjoy, and promote Apple when given the chance. If Apple would like to make me a beta tester for such a device in the near future, I would be most obliged, and would keep it secret…(or any device for that matter)…