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March 16, 2010 at 12:07 PM

Microsoft shrinks HD Webcams, adds face tracking

They won’t track your body like the Xbox Project Natal, but Microsoft’s new Webcams are getting face-tracking technologies developed by the company’s advanced research group.

The “TrueColor” technology tracks users’ faces, monitors exposure and adjusts the image to compensate for different lighting conditions.

They also have auto focus and 720p sensors. The LifeCam HD-5000 and HD-5001 go on sale this month for $50; the 5001 is a special model for Best Buy with a white faceplate. A rotatable notebook version, the HD-6000, goes on sale in May for $60.

Here’s the 5000:

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Comments | Topics: Gadgets & products, Microsoft, truecolor

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