Friday, May 7, 2021

We need a webcam cover with a dead man's switch

from here

Can we talk about the usability of webcam covers? I mean, sure they're easy to slide open and closed, but they still rely on human memory in order to reap the privacy benefits from them, and human memory can be quite fallible. 

I thought at one point the problem was that black webcam cover on a black laptop screen bezel was just too inconspicuous to really notice if the cover was closed or not, so bent a big piece of cardboard in an upside down U shape to place over the camera to improve visibility, but I still regularly forget and I'm sure I'm not the only one.

It's been 5 days since I last used my webcam and the cover was still open. The only thing I can't think to try now is to employ the mechanism from a deadfall trap to prop open my cardboard cover and connect that to my wrist with a string.