Webcam can be added to instant messaging, text chat services such as AOL Instant Messenger, and Vo IP services such as Skype, one-to-one live video communication over the Internet has now reached millions of mainstream PC users worldwide.
Improved video quality has helped webcams encroach on traditional video conferencing systems.
Video calling support has also been added to several popular instant messaging programs. Software is available to allow PC-connected cameras to watch for movement and sound, a computer e-mailed images of the burglar during the theft of the computer, enabling the owner to give police a clear picture of the burglar's face even after the computer had been stolen.
Unauthorized access of webcams can present significant privacy issues (see "Privacy" section below).
Thanks to Aaron Audet for sending in this photo of his Rutland Town Elementary School Marching Band in VT (5th-8th grade), who performed DEVO's "Whip It" in fully devolved gear at the Rutland Annual Halloween Parade last week. The Official DEVOtional 2016 report is online at Devo-Obsesso.com!