Have you ever wanted an easy way to communicate a simple visual idea on-the-fly from a GoToMeeting Session?  GoToMeeting is awesome for communicating ideas, and with HDFaces it is awesome for getting that face-to-face feel.  What I’m talking about is a quick drawing or whiteboard.

 

So, here is what i did.

 

I wanted to be able to use the medium I’m used to using, namely whiteboards or drawing a diagram on a pad and have that translate to a web meeting.  There a quite a few tablet and drawing slate options but I wanted that direct feel of a sheet of paper or whiteboard.  How about a way to capture a drawing session from a GoToMeeting Session?

 

Here is the basic idea, use GoToMeeting HDFaces and shift focus to a webcam that is pointed downward from an overhead mount.  Place your writing materials on the table and you are all set.

 

I tool a Lagra work lamp from Ikea: http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/70146339/ and used the base and arm of the lamp. Then I took the Ikea Jansjo LED work lamp: http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/20169658/ and secured the twisty neck and lamp (with a webcam) to the arm of the base.

I used an HP HD-3110 webcam.  This is a 5MP Photo/ 720p HD video spec webcam.

 

My costs for this project were: 2 lamps, $4.99, $9.99, 1 webcam $19.99, plus a few cable ties.

 

My biggest issue is that Mac reverses (mirror image) the display of the webcam.  There are a couple of options:

1. Auto Flip New Items in iPhoto

2. iGlasses

3. Don’t use text and just draw pictures

Here is a movie of the device in use: https://roytokeshi.sharefile.com/d/s445c65316db44d7b

It looks like iGlasses is the best way to natively flip on a Mac.  Also remember if you are recording a GTM you will need to show the video through PhotoBooth or something because HDFaces video is not recorded.

Hope this helps you get some more lab budget.  It helped me get some more lab budget from my wife! ;)