Monocle fixes webcam farsightedness

[Vik Oliver] came up with a webcam focus fix that is so quick and simple we never would have thought of it. He received the webcam as a gift and mounted on an articulated lamp so that it could easily be positioned around his projects. The problem is the camera lacks a focus adjustment so the close-up shots were blurry.

In what we consider a eureka moment, he sourced a pair of dollar store reading glasses to fix the optics. The glasses came with their own mounting bracket. He clipped them in half and wrapped the wire ear support around the camera body. Great hacks don’t have to be complicated, and we need to do a better job of looking at the dollar store for project parts!

36 thoughts on “Monocle fixes webcam farsightedness

  1. A brass framed monocle????

    Does that make the webcam steampunk???
    You should really fix the article so it says it’s steampunk.


  2. That’s a sweet looking webcam.
    I sat there for a full 2 minutes going “Where’s the webcam, I want to see it”
    Then realised that that’s not a diving mask, that’s the webcam >.>

  3. Eureka moment is good, in that this is almost as old as the formula for buoyancy, I’ve seen the reading glasses trick many times before now, although it is possible he thought of it independently of course, I think we all had things we cleverly figured out only to find we weren’t the first.
    But I’m sure for instance has tons of examples of the same idea.

  4. This is f***ing brilliant. This is what Hackaday was meant to be. I mean this is just… this is McGyver stuff here. Absolutely brilliant!

  5. Yep, I thought he got some sort of old school diving mask/helmet and mounted the camera inside. I couldn’t figure out how that would fix the focus. *face palm*

  6. I used a small crappy magnifier in conjunction with a camera to take very close macro pictures (in addition to macro mode). I just held the magnifier against the camera.
    Works well !

  7. I’ve been using my old broken Polaroid sunglasses (Non-Glass) for my webcam filters – helps remove the glare from those dorm windows – now if I can only find a filter to cut though the steam.

    – Porky

  8. Did you really link to the wikipedia page for eureka?

    Anyway cool hack. agree good hacks don’t have to be complicated.

  9. This is -exactly- the same concept as the cell phone macro hack. You can buy screw-on magnifying filters for SLR lenses to shorten your close-focus distance.

  10. i could have sworn i was looking at a diving mask on display in a store. weiiird how so many other people thought the same…

  11. Next up: A webcam modded for underwater use featuring a diving mask… you will swear it looks just like a webcam wearing a bifurcated pair of cheap reading glasses!

  12. I’ll take pictures and post this somewhere sometime, but I did something similar. I had an old gooseneck lamp, a cheap webcam and a LED-based “tap light”. I wanted a way to mount a webcam so I could point it at anything I wanted without having to hold it in place and, preferably, toss a little light on the situation. I removed the “lamp guts”, disassembled the webcam and the tap light, strung the USB cable through the neck of the lamp* and mounted the tap light and webcam where the lamp’s reflector used to be.

    The exposed lens assembly allows me to adjust focus easily, and the light keeps the scenes from the relatively poor-quality camera brightly lit.

    * this is trickier than you might think. The cable was just barely small enough to fit in the center of the gooseneck, and the plug at the end was no help… Think this step through carefully.

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