I’ve been looking for a good way to unobtrusively video people using the mobile device while they are in my “lab” — any conference room I can grab. I still haven’t come up with a sexy way to keep from hovering over users with a camera when I am out on the docks, but I am proud of this rig I came up with. What you see in this image LOOKS like an ordinary goose-neck desk lamp, but is actually a stealth camera.
I got the idea from Kelly Goto’s site, and made some tweaks using an old Logitech notebook camera I had in a box somewhere. The cool thing is that I am a little compulsive about saving packaging, so I had the plastic shrink wrap cover to use as a holder for the lamp screws. NB: Put the camera on upside down. That way when the jig is swiveled over, the device is recorded upright.
The best part about this setup is that I don’t have to hover over the test participant with my video camera. We can sit and have a conversation, and they don’t even notice the camera recording what they are doing. The main thing that needs to be improved is the quality of the video. I wish I had a better camera; this one is OLD and slow — but it fit perfectly into the desk lamp I confiscated from my husband.See for yourself in this video clip from a recent session. I am not going to lie — this is 14 minutes long report out — barely edited and super geeky. Not for the easily bored — but if you watch a minute or two, you will get the idea. NB: Click on the picture to go to the Vimeo movie.