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Theme fund: NGI Zero Core
Start: 2024-04
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Open hardware FPGA-based USB webcam

The USB UVC project is designed to create an innovative and adaptable webcam that easily connects to any laptop, providing high-quality video without the need for special drivers. Unlike ordinary USB webcams that often come with proprietary software and limited functionality, this project aims to deliver a flexible, open-source solution that can be tailored and improved by anyone. The webcam will offer superior video quality with features like automatic brightness adjustment, color correction, and real-time video compression, making it ideal for video calls, streaming, and other visual applications. By focusing on open-source principles, this project ensures that the technology is accessible, modifiable, and transparent, allowing for continuous community-driven enhancements.

This project stands out because it is not locked into proprietary ecosystems, offering users greater control and flexibility over their hardware. It can work with a wide range of computer models, providing a versatile tool for both personal and professional use. Additionally, the open-source nature of the project means that it can be continuously improved and customized by developers around the world, fostering innovation and collaboration.

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This project was funded through the NGI0 Core Fund, a fund established by NLnet with financial support from the European Commission's Next Generation Internet programme, under the aegis of DG Communications Networks, Content and Technology under grant agreement No 101092990.