iGlasses + Google Hangouts

I recently started pursuing my master’s degree in architecture through an online program. One of the requirements is an occasional video chat. To get properly prepared and equipped for this endeavor, I also upgraded my home computer to one with a much larger screen (27″ iMac [#CommissionsEarned]). The idea was that I could push the display further back on my desk so that I could lay drawings in front of the screen to work on. This worked very well until I started a video chat and realized that being pushed so far back on my desk was also giving way too wide a view of my office. After some searching I found a tool to fix that. I’ll tell you more after the break.

iGlasses ($19.95) is an app by ecamm that let’s you take control over your iSight or Facetime camera.

It does several things:

Screenshot 2014-03-10 12.37.17iGlasses allows you to apply preset filters & effects to your camera’s image.

For example, you can apply an “infared heat” effect, or even an “ascii art” over your image. There are several pages of effects to choose from. Most of these effects are adjustable. Honestly, this is stuff I will never use, except in rare personal conversations, but it’s there.

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iGlasses allows you to adjust the image quality.

You can adjust things like exposure, contrast, white-balance, hue, saturation, sharpness, etc. This is stuff that I definitely will use after seeing how dramatically I could improve the image quality. Granted, the image that comes from the FaceTime camera is pretty good, but these adjustments allow you to compensate for lighting and other issues.

Screenshot 2014-03-10 12.36.38iGlasses allows you to crop the video image.

This is the holy grail for what I was hoping to achieve. As you see from the brighter rectangle in the image to the left, I was able to select the specific area of the screen that I wanted the camera to broadcast. I could even flip the image to compensate for the mirror image that the FaceTime camera captures. You can rotate the image if necessary as well.

Screenshot 2014-03-10 12.48.26iGlasses acts as a second webcam.

To use the iGlasses image instead of  your FaceTime camera’s default image, you need to select the iGlasses camera from your video chat programs camera settings. Conveniently, if the iGlasses “camera” isn’t already associated with a video chat application, it provides a preview window that also gives you convenient help for connecting iGlasses to various popular apps, including Google Hangouts.

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