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iJustine's Lifecasting Setup
Ed Kohler

One question that Justine seems to receive with every fresh encounter she has while in iJustine mode is, "How does your setup work?" or some variation on that.

Perhaps this will help explain how one lifecasts these days.

First, she has a hat with a Logitech webcam bolted into the visor:

Justine's Webcam

The camera runs from her hat down into a purse she carries everywhere with her:

Justine Visits Minneapolis
Photo by Aaron Landry

And that purse holds a small Sony Vaio laptop with an oversized battery and an integrated Sprint EVDO card that's pushing whatever the webcam sees and hears to the web.

The laptop is is configured to not go into hibernate or sleep mode when the lid is shut, so she can whip it out at any time to see what people are talking about in her chat room, and going in with a few comments of her own:

Aaron & Justine

In fact, she doesn't even have to stop walking to see what's going on. For example, I grabbed the video below on my Canon SD800 after Aaron Landry (guy with the camera in the video) received an SMS from a friend telling him that Justine's video was stuttering on her site:

The laptop is surprisingly small and light and runs for an amazingly long time considering that it's pushing and receiving data continuously over the EVDO connection.


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1. Posted by: Tim Weiner on July 3, 2007 6:05 PM:

haha. that's neat, but that webcam looks somewhat funny.

I think we'll see better, and smaller webcams on the market, and the popularity of these websites will then soar. Actually, you can do so much with a webcam these days.

2. Posted by: iJustine Fan on July 27, 2007 12:55 PM:

Outstanding article. Explaining the technology is good for others that are interested in lifecasting. I think that as the technology gets more mainstream this will become a lot more common place and it will be normal to see people walking around with cameras attached to hats and clothing.

3. Posted by: George Appiah on July 29, 2007 2:31 AM:

Thanks for this article. Lifecasting is definitely on my bill. I'm just wondering what bare minimum bandwidth would be required for a decent video quality, as I don't have EVDO where I live.

Greetings from Accra, Ghana.

4. Posted by: vern on September 20, 2007 4:53 PM:

what software/softwares does she or anyone use?

what software can i use to transmit my phone video as a web phone

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