How can I use my webcam to detect motion and control the computer volume and other items?

Brandon Gee November 18, 2010
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I was wondering if the highly knowledgeable staff at MakeUseOf has ever heard of a program that uses a computer’s webcam to detect motion and if no motion is detected for a period of time, the program will turn down the computer’s volume.

My reason for asking is, I usually leave my music on and sometimes leave my desk without returning for a while. I would like my computer to automatically turn down the volume or put itself to sleep when no motion has been detected in a while. Is this possible? Thank you!

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  1. Smilydream
    September 18, 2011 at 10:33 pm

    How can I use my webcam to take a snap shot of a person using my PC with out them knowing it or what software can i use

    • Tina
      September 20, 2011 at 6:21 pm

      See my response above.

  2. Smilydream
    September 18, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    How can I use my webcam to take a snap shot of a person using my pc with out my knowing it

    • Tina
      September 18, 2011 at 10:03 pm

      Smilydream,

      the question above is rather old. If you do not receive a fresh answer within this thread, I recommend you to ask a new question.

  3. Djangelic
    November 24, 2010 at 6:16 pm

    I recommend YAWCAM. It allows you to run variables with motion detection (and its 100% free!) just find an application or bat file that will lower your volume.

  4. Anonymous
    November 20, 2010 at 4:39 pm

    Well there should be some soft that you can control to shut down after sometime or shut it after the end of the mp3. Shutdown Timer http://sinvise.net/home/projects/software/shutdown-timer

    Poweroff
    http://users.telenet.be/jbosman/poweroff/poweroff.htm

    AMP WinOFF 5.0.1
    http://www.ampsoft.net/utilities/WinOFF.php

    you can ask them how to do what you want or suggest a feature

    ShutdownTimer sharewarehttp://www.shutdowntimer.com/PC Auto Shutdownhttp://www.softpedia.com/get/System/Launchers-Shutdown-Tools/PC-Auto-Shutdown.shtml

    http://www.coderetard.com/2008/06/18/automatic-windows-shutdown-with-scheduled-tasks/

  5. Saikat Basu
    November 20, 2010 at 4:25 pm

    Wow, that's a tall (though logical) requirement. Motion detection can be incorporated into standard webcams using motion detection software like -

    Dorgem(Free)
    This one captures pictures.

    WebCam Monitor (Not Free)
    This is again a surveillance device.

    Now, there is Zone Trigger (Not Free) which can be setup to do what you are seeking. It is described as the first multi-purpose motion detection software. I can't endorse it as I haven't tried it, but you can check it out.

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