Involvement:Expert (understands the inner workings) - Ownership:1 week to 1 month
This device works quite well in Linux using a work-in-progress driver called stk11xx.
The usb webcam bridge chip which is an stk1160 seems to send the video back to the PC without compression, utilising the bandwidth available in USB 2.0 compression is hardly needed, and this results in a very good quality picture.
Very impressed with the picture quality, frame rate and response (using the S-Video input).
Device driver support is not so good (for all OS's).
I have read that Vista has much trouble and Vista 64bit does not work at all - but have a search in Google as this might change.
Good for playing around machine vision, take a look at this blog for more info, also include instructions on getting the Linux driver working with the S-Video input: http://blog.open-designer.org/?p=6
Tested in Ubuntu with kernel 2.6.31, had to compile kernel from source. For info on getting this driver up and running visit: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=451200&highlight=Syntek+Semiconductor
It would be hard to find a comparable device for a similar price. For the functionality and quality of the video, it is a bargain! I recommend it.
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