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turkey3
Scratcher
1000+ posts

Option to Disable Webcam Feature

I saw StevetheiPads post on having no webcam and it reminded me of how, nowadays, the news puts everywhere about the people spying on you through your webcam, and even though it sounds farfetched to me, some schools and parents might not want kids play 2.0 games because they're afraid of that stuff. I think somewhere on the website there should be an option to disable your webcam, because it might make some people less panicked about webcams.

kidomat43
Scratcher
22 posts

Option to Disable Webcam Feature

I am pretty sure that that block is not even part of main stream scratch yet, but is a work in progress (i could not find it anywhere), and if it was, there is no way that a scratch game can transmit images from a webcam to be stored, or viewed. (until Cloud variables support pictures)

You have to opt in (ie turn on that feature) for web cams in the flash player for it to even work.

You are much more likely to be spied on when you are browsing other website, than when using scratch*, so global solution: unplug or turn of your webcam. Simples.

* all scratch projects are open source, so you will be able to see if you are being spied on.

Last edited by kidomat43 (April 4, 2013 16:41:57)

Failord
Scratcher
1000+ posts

Option to Disable Webcam Feature

kidomat43 wrote:

I am pretty sure that that block is not even part of main stream scratch yet, but is a work in progress (i could not find it anywhere)

Actually, it is. You're just looking in the wrong place. Look in sensing for “video motion.” It will be a reporter(number value) block.

This project uses it: http://beta.scratch.mit.edu/projects/10041146/

Then again, you might not count the 2.0 Beta as “main stream Scratch…”

Oh, yeah, and the stage also has video options. Look under “looks.”

Last edited by Failord (April 4, 2013 20:24:30)


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