Comprehensively breaking a logitech webcam trying to remove the IR filter before doing what should have been done in the first place.
After looking at a guide online for how to IR modify the Logitech C270 webcam I thought all it would take was a little heat to melt the glue. As it turns out n my newer model of the device the filter is fused to the sensor meaning my attempt to remove the glass brought the entire sensor with it.
Xbox vision cameras are known for being easy to remove the IR filter from. They are popular with astral imaging enthusiasts for attaching to telescopes. The small IR cut filter is in the lens in front of the sensor and can simply by pried out.
The only other modification I think will be necessary is to do something about the 4 green LEDs that illuminate the ring around the lens when the camera is in use.
Simply googling “IR modify [insert webcam model here]” was how I found the appropriate steps for these mods.
Actually I woke up having only just been dreaming about something I know not what and the only part of that dream still in my mind was a concept of mice wandering over a computer keyboard and everything they typed being turned into the word “harvest”. Weird, I know.
So I stuck this down on a post it note as it seemed like an interesting coding exercise.
I also like to put as much work down on a whiteboard as possible before starting to code. I’ve sketched out the html elements and made a to-do list of sorts. Originally I thought I’d be using an <input> element however I ended up using a <textarea>.
Information about keyboard presses as DOM events was also found here.
The entire project can be accessed here: on github
And used here thanks to GitHub pages, which is a recent and amazing discovery: Rich Harvest. NOTE: there is no support for mobile yet, I’ve branched the project with that addition in mind.
The only problem I ran into was with editing the content (or .value) of the <textarea> as a static variable instead of as live DOM element.
Pretty fun one-page web project, 10/10, would harvest again.