This calibration tool from 2004 was designed for CRT and LCD monitors.
The white plastic lid on the sensor is also used to measure the ambient light in your workspace. This design stood out from the competition.
The Apple iSight webcam was legendary in design. This camera uses a Firewire connection. It could do 640×480 30fps video which was great at the time. Camera has a activity light, privacy shutter, and 2 microphones with noise suppressing.
It was available between 2003 and 2008 for the Macintosh G3, G4, or G5 computers. During this time apple started referring to integrated cameras in laptops and imacs as iSight until about 2010 then it was FaceTime cameras. iSight lived on in mobile devices such as the iphone 4, ipad 3rd gen, mini, pro, and ipod touch 5th gen.
Another thrift find. Photogenic is still in business since 1903. A camera flash is a xenon filled bulb that gets a quick burst of power from a capacitor. This allows a very quick and very fast flash for quick photos. The unit pictured is the power supply that can flash the bulb for a photo. The connection to the right of the buttons is the trigger control from the camera or another unit. The connector on the top of the unit (Black grill) connects to the flash bulb on a cable. This unit is often stored under the tripod for the flash. It can output 200 Watt Seconds of light at the color temperature 6500K and 900V DC power. There is also a 200 Watt Second booster you can add. It can output continuous 10 second flashes, or 8 hours of 5 second flashes. Depending on the flash duration it can output 1/1000 of a second to 1/3000 of a second. 1/500 of a second with the optional booster.
Ritz Dakota Digital PV2 single use digital cameras came out about 2003. They were soon after hacked using Palm PDA cables or soldering your own USB and modding the firmware. The camera has an LCD screen and took about 1.2 megapixel photos. The memory would hold about 24-25 photos.
Excited to get this on CIB, its such an iconic piece. These webcams were built with such style and design. Holding it feels like a quality piece. Modern webcams are often light plastic, but this camera is heavy duty.