Webcams have been used for augmented reality experiences online.One such function has the webcam act as a "magic mirror" to allow an online shopper to view a virtual item on themselves.The Webcam Social Shopper is one example of software that utilizes the webcam in this manner.
A webcam is a video camera that feeds or streams its image in real time to or through a computer to a computer network.
When "captured" by the computer, the video stream may be saved, viewed or sent on to other networks via systems such as the internet, and emailed as an attachment.
This week, a woman from Oregon was using the app “Live Camera Viewer” and spotted a live stream of the twins’ bedroom.
The Oregon woman posted it on a Houston Facebook page in an effort to alert the parents.
As a warning, the woman then posted a screen shot to Facebook. She believes a hacker got into their system while the girls played a video game.
It didn't take long for the mother to realize it was her house."I have cameras to protect my kids and I kind of feel like we failed them. This is something University of Houston IT expert Mary Dickerson said happens all too often."If you don't change the default settings, then the same way they came from the manufacturer for everyone who bought one of those devices.
Researchers claim that this method is accurate to ±5 bpm.
Webcams may be installed at places such as childcare centres, offices, shops and private areas to monitor security and general activity.
She also recommends parents cover up their home cameras if they’re not using them to watch over their children.