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Chapter 9. Working with Webcams

One of the advantages to using a platform like the Raspberry Pi for DIY technology projects is that it supports a wide range of USB devices. Not only can you hook up a keyboard and mouse, but you can also connect peripherals like printers, WiFi adapters, thumb drives, additional memory cards, cameras, and hard drives. In this chapter, we’re going to show a few ways that you can use a USB webcam in your Raspberry Pi projects.

While not quite as common as a keyboard and mouse, the webcam has almost become a standard peripheral for today’s modern computers. Luckily for all of us, this means that a webcam from a well-known brand can be purchased for as little as $25. You can even find webcams for much less if you take ...

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