How to Use Your iPhone as a PC Wireless Web Cam

How to Use Your iPhone as a PC Wireless Web Cam

I was recently looking for a solution to use my iPhone as a web cam on my PC.  I found a lot of apps that would allow me to broadcast video from my iPhone through their service (uStream and Qik), but that wasn’t what I was looking for.  I wanted my PC to recognize my iPhone as an actual web camera, and I found a pretty cool solution.  The iWebCamera app for the iPhone is a cheap and easy way to use your iPhone as a wireless web camera for your PC.  Below, I describe how the top reasons why you need it, how to get started, and cautions to take note of prior to purchasing this app.

Top 6 Reasons Why You Need This:

  1. Efficiently leverage the technology that’s already the hands of yourself and other learners
  2. Wireless web camera for $4.99 (the price of the app)
  3. Use it to showcase augmented reality in your classroom
  4. Display video all across the network, which would excellent cross-curricular teaching opportunities
  5. No need for jailbreaking to use this
  6. Unique from video broadcasting apps on the iPhone – this app actually makes your PC recognize your iPhone as a web camera

How to Get Started:

  1. Make sure your iPhone has access to the same network your computer is accessing
  2. Install the iWebCamera app for iPhone
  3. Install the iWebCamera drivers for your Mac or PC

Cautions:

  • Either the app or my laptop is a little buggy, because I’ll have to restart both occasionally for proper functioning.  However, once I’m able to stream video, it has worked flawlessly.
  • Reviewers in the app store seem torn on it’s functionality, but in my opinion reviews on the iTunes app store are sketchy a lot of times.
  • This is not the same as the uStream or Qik apps – your PC is recognizing your iPhone as a physical web camera with this app.
  • Macs have built-in support for recognizing your iPhone as a web camera, while the

I recently used the app to showcase augmented reality manipulatives across my home network, which was really fun because I was outside on my patio while my “viewers” (wife, friends, and two dogs) were in our living room watching. The educational value of this is that teachers could bring in other classrooms across the campus, all of which is facilitated by the iPhone and a $4.99 app.  I’ll continue to use this app until something better comes out, but for now, this iWebCamera provides a cheap solution for using a webcam in the classroom.

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