Center Web Cam – A Snake-Cam Turned HD Webcam That Makes Eye-To-Eye Contact During Video Calls

When you’re talking to someone online, it can be hard to feel connected when they’re not sitting right in front of you. Whether they’re in another building or across the globe, many of us can’t catch their facial expressions or see their body language. That’s why it’s important to make eye contact during video calls. But with most webcams mounted on top of or (shudder) embedded in our monitors, it’s not always easy to get that face-to-face connection.

But what if there was a device that could help you make eye contact during video calls? That’s the premise behind center web cam, a snake-cam turned HD webcam that clips to your screen and can be adjusted so you can look directly between your computer monitor and your counterpart’s eyes.

The Center Cam isn’t pretty, and it’s not cheap ($120), but it does what it promises — it provides the illusion of eye-to-eye contact during video calls. It plugs into a USB port on your computer and attaches to the top of your monitor. Once in place, it’s automatically recognized by your video-calling program of choice.

Unlike most webcams that have an autofocus lens or a fixed-focus lens that is factory set, the Center Cam has a manual focus lens. You can manually adjust the camera’s focus by loosening a lock nut at the base of the lens and twisting it until you’re in frame. Then, you can tighten the nut to lock it in place. The camera also comes with two different lenses, so you can swap between a wider 65-degree field of view and a narrower 52-degree telephoto lens for people who may sit further from the camera.

You can also adjust the height of the camera with a slider on the side of the camera body, as well as the tilt and zoom of the camera. Lastly, the Center Cam has a USB-C connector so you can plug it into your laptop or desktop using a USB-C to USB-A adapter.

The video quality of the Center Cam is excellent. It’s a good replacement for any standard webcam you might be using on your monitor, and it works with most video-conferencing programs like Skype, Google Hangouts, Slack, Zoom, and more. The built-in microphone isn’t great, but you’re probably going to be relying on an external mic anyway.

Unlike some other videoconferencing solutions that can be a bit bulky or require you to install a plugin or software, the Center Cam is simple and straightforward. It’s plug-and-play and should work with any operating system, including macOS, Windows, Android, and Linux.