GB2357648A - Portable internet-camcorder - Google Patents

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GB2357648A
GB2357648A GB9930174A GB9930174A GB2357648A GB 2357648 A GB2357648 A GB 2357648A GB 9930174 A GB9930174 A GB 9930174A GB 9930174 A GB9930174 A GB 9930174A GB 2357648 A GB2357648 A GB 2357648A
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Abstract

The invention integrates a digital camcorder (1) with a personal computer(2) and with a wireless communication unit(3) and with a dismountable positioning mechanism (18) within a portable size. The personal computer (2), the digital camcorder (1), the wireless communication unit (3) and possible I/O ports are all parts of a computer system and data can be exchanged internally in the computer system (2) or externally to the internet through the wireless communication unit (3). Resources are shared by all components, such as monitor screen (4), frame viewer (6), keyboard (5), microphone, speakers, positioning mechanism (18), Hard Disk, floppy disk, the tape and I/O ports. Applications of this internet-camcorder include: remote conference systems, active remote viewing system, remote home alert system, remote inspecting system, remote education systems, remote medical examine systems, e-commerce systems, etc.

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1 2357648 The Portable Internet-Camcorder

Description

The invention concerns to integrate a personal computer, the internet, a mobile communication unit and a dismountable positioning mechanism into a digital camcorder with a portable size to provide interactive,. real-time and wireless multimedia internet communications and controls between the camcorder, the camcorder operator and remote viewers or other such camcorders through the wireless or other communication systems.

Digital camcorders can now be connected directly to a PC. Their shooting pictures can be transmitted to a remote web page through the internet in a real-time. Normally, a PC is connected to the internet through a modem or an ISDN and in the both cases, they depend on the telephone network system. Internet communications may also be performed over mobile phone networks by connecting a PC to a mobile system. But one of the main problems of this current configuration is the difficulty for a local canicorder to receive a remote viewer's interactive graphic message directly and get remote control directly. The current camcorder has no device.to receive the internet messages directly to its monitor. So the camcorder operator has to communicate through a separated PC to get the message from the remote viewer who is watching the picture which being transmitting to his/her web site by the camcorder.

An independent mobile phone may be attached to a local camcorder operator to let a remote viewer phone the local operator to adjust the shooting. But the local camcorder operator has no way to see the graphic, text instructions on its camcorder monitor which feedback from the remote viewer over the internet. Thus the remote viewer fails to directly interact with the local camcorder over its monitor.

The current PC or TV conference systems are neither help a lot. They all need cables, online monitors which are separated from every cameras. And the whole systems are quite cumbersome and are not suitable for a single operator to operate or shooting while in a motion. Also the cameras are fixed to PC's locally. There is no way to let remote viewers to adjust the local cameras over the internet in real-time.

Disclosure of the Invention

This invention is to provide a direct, real-time, interactive, multimedia communication and feedback-position-control between a camcorder, its operator with its remote viewers 2 or another remote camcorder, through wireless system and the internet. The invention concerns integrating of a digital camcorder with a personal computer, the internet software, a mobile communication system, and a positioning mechanism, within a portable size, in such a manner that the said camcorder, the said positioning mechanism and the said wireless communication devices are the said PC's input/output devices and share the said PC's other input/output devices. Such that they all share the same monitor. They also share one keyboard and a mouse which are also integrated into the said camcorder. They may also share the camcorder's tape, PC's hard-disk, CD (Compact Disk) and other input/output devices. Through the said camcorder's monitor an operator can directly view the camera's scenery and the web page coming from the internet as well as the mobile communication information at the same time. The said monitor may include an foldable display screen and/or the internal camera viewer. The said keyboard can be operated as the said PC's keyboard as well as the said camcorder's keypads and the said wireless communication unit's keypads. The said positioning mechanism can be operated by a local operator and by a remote operator over the internet. For the convenience, such the said integrated camcorder in a portable size (PC + wireless communication device + camcorder + dismountable positioning system) is called Intemet-Camcorder thereafter.

The said internet-camcorder may communicate with any other web site through the internet over its integrated PC, its internet software via its integrated wireless communication system while the said camcorder is shooting or recording a scenery. Remote viewers on the internet can view the same scenery the said local internetcamcorder is shooting and can, at the same time, send various types of messages or commands to the said local internet-carncorder through the internet and display them on the said internet-camcorder's monitor screen or operates the positioning mechanism of the said local internet-camcorder directly. Just like any PC monitor, the said internetcamcorder's screen can be divided by software into several frames to let the scenery and remote messages or even many other remote scenery from similar devices or from remote cameras to be displayed simultaneously. For an instance, a remote PC viewer can move a cursor on the local internet-camcorder's monitor screen to direct its local operator to adjust his shooting. At the same time, while the local operator holding the local internetcamcorder, the remote viewer can remotely focus in/out the scenery and adjust the local internetcamcorder's position by sending some commands to the positioning mechanism on the local internet-camcorder through the internet. In this way, a complete interactive multimedia communication and controlling are achieved. Such a direct and real-time interactive communication and control ability makes the said internet-camcorder widely applicable to many industrial areas, such as the Remote Medical System, Remote Educational system, Interactive Sale System, and other remote inspect systems, etc.

The said internet-camcorder may use its PC's hard disk driver to directly record pictures. Since the fast speed of the hard disk of the said PC, with a proper software to control the recording speed, a faster recording may be conducted to give a slow motion of pictures lately when playback at a normal speed on the said monitor.

3 While the integrated caincorder is shooting and the pictures are stored on the said integrated PC's output devices, at the same time, those digital signals can be sent through the integrated wireless communication units to the internet. The shootings can also be recorded on to the writeable CD which connected to the said PC. On the other hand, messages coming from wireless and the internet or the said PC can be directly saved into camcorder's tapes. In this way, the said PC may use the said camcorder's tape to backup huge data or big software. The integration is so tight that the said camcorder and its positioning and focusing control systems, the tape of the said camcorder, the mobile communication component, the hard disks of the said PC, the floppy disks, the microphone and speakers or even memory cards are all inputloutput devices to the said integrated PC and are shared by all of them.

Since the said internet-camcorder integrated with a wireless system, all data exchanging from/to the internet are on air so it is very compact and in a portable size and can be operated by a single person at any place, even in a motion, just like any normal camcorder.

The said integrated positioning and focusing control mechanisms on the said internetcamcorder enable an internet viewer, or some internet viewers, to operate the said internet-camcorder remotely and directly, such as focusing in/out, turning left/ right/ up/down, switch on/off, etc. at the real-time while the local operator is holding that internetcamcorder. The said internet-camcorder can also be fitted at a proper place, e.g. a cas, a hall, a laboratory, a room, or even a person's head and to let remote viewers operate it directly through the internet while there may be hundreds or thousands of other internet viewers watching the scenery.

Advantageous With a proper software, several said internet-camcorders. can be operated remotely and simultaneously and the recorded scenery may display on the monitors of each internetcamcorders as well as monitors of other connected PC's over the internet. In the other words, the said internet- camcorders are capable to be used as a mobile conference system. The differences are that members of the conference do not need to stay at conference rooms. Any of them may be at sea, on an aeroplane, in a train, or every of them may just stay in home and plug their internet-camcorder to their big TV. Every conference members are no longer passive viewers. They can control any remote internet-camcorders within the conference to select their local scenerio. Please see Fig2 for an example.

The build-in internet communication function also make it possible to disable the local recording function from the said carncorder, and let some remote internet sites to do the recording job. Thus the capacity of the recording can be enlarged. One important application of this function is the black-box on aeroplanes. Mounting an internetcamcorder to an aeroplane and the sounds, scenery and other data are recorded locally and remotely in airlines company web site disks or tapes through the internet. (Records may be deleted after a period). The benefits are that in a possible crash, instead of inside 4 an onboard black-box, all data about the possible crash are in the airline's web site archive! The other possible benefit to install the said internetcamcorder with an integrated positioning mechanism on board is that, the airline control centre on the ground may actively operate the on board internet-camcorder to see more details actively before a possible accident and gives some kind of multimedia warnings or instructions to the pilot on board in real-time.

The said internet-camcorder may also provide following functions with proper software.

Edit dynamic pictures over local hard disk driver and tape driver and other input/output devices as well as from remote web site or from remote internetcarncorders.

Back up software on the said PC's hard disk to the said camcorder's tape and restore them ftom the tape. It may also download gage bytes data to that tape from the internet.

With software schedulers in said PC, the intemet-camcorder may automatically shoot pictures, records them to local tape or hard disks and send them to remote sites through the internet. (The process is widely useful for various kinds of industrial researches).

With input sensors connecting to the said internet-carncorder, emergence signals may automatically start the internet-camcorder shooting and send the local scenery to a predefined remote internet site. This device can be used for many emergence services such as fire alarm, burglar alert, heart attack alarni, etc.

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Fig. 1 shows an example of the said internet-camcorder without the positioning mechanism. The said camcorder 1 is integrated with a said personal computer 2 and a said mobile communication component 3 with a said shared monitor screen 4 and a said shared keyboard 5. The camcorder viewer 6 may be selected to show only the current shoot scenery or the same as the said shared monitor display 4 which includes the current local scenery and some internet web pages. Other inputloutput devices may be integrated to the said internet-camcorder personal computer 2 internally or externally to the input/output ports provided on the said internet-camcorder. The said keyboard 5 is shared by the said PC 2, the said camcorder 1 and the said mobile communication component 3. The said monitor 4 is shared by the said PC 2, the said camcorder 1 and the said mobile communication component 3 and can be fold to proper position, e.g. turning around, etc. for the operator to communicate conveniently with remote viewers. The said monitor 4 and keyboard 5 can be fold off or even can be dismounted from the internet-cameorder body and to be operated separately.

Fig2. shows the working principle of the said internet-camcorder. The said local internetcaincorder 9 is shooting or recording a local scenery 8. The local scenery 8 is transformed to digital signals by the said camcorder 9 and are sent to its local PC and local monitor 14. At the same time, the digital scenery 8 signals are sent to the internet via the mobile communication system 7 from the said local PC through its integrated local mobile communication component. Then through the internet and the mobile communication system 7, the scenery 8 signals are transmitted to the remote viewer PC 10, 11 and their monitors 15, 16 and to another internetcamcorder 13's local mobile communication component, its local PC and displayed on its local monitor 17. The remote PC 1 I's Q interactive messages are transmitted through the internet and mobile communication system 7 to the local internet-camcorder 9 with the reversed processes and are displayed on its local monitor 14 in a predefined window frame. The graphs on monitors 14, 15, 16, 17 show how the said internet- camcorders communicate with internet viewers directly and interactively and how the said internet-camcorders communicate with each other directly.

Fig3. shows an example of an internet-camcorder with built-in positioning mechanism.

A positioning mechanism 18 is integrated into the said internet-camcorder 1 to 6. It let a remote operator be able to operate the said internetcamcorder at a real-time through an online PC over the internet. The said positioning mechanism 18 of the said internetcamcorder can include such operations as focusing the said internet-camcorder in/out, turning the internet-camcorder left/right/up/down, etc. The operations can be designed as software commands and can be issued from a remote internet web site. In this way, a local operator can hold his local internet- camcorder aiming at a rough direction and let the remote viewer manoeuvre the local internet-carncorder directly through the internet and select the local scenery.

Fig4. shows an example of two remotely synchronised internet-camcorders. A said remote internet-camcorder 19 with its integrated positioning mechanism 20 is as a slave. It is shooting a remote picture and sends them to a said local internet-camcorder 21 with its said integrated positioning mechanism 22 as a master. The slave's shooting pictures are displayed through the internet on the said local master intemet-camcorder 21's monitor screen. While the local operator manually operates the local master internetcamcorder 21 with its positioning mechanism 22, and the said local master positioning mechanism 22 feeds back motion signals to the said local internet-camcorder 21 and generating related commands which being sending to the said remote slave internetcamcorder 19 and then be directed to its said positioning mechanism 20 to do the same operation on the remote slave internet-carncorder. So that with the proper software builtin, all operations of the slave remote intemet- camcorder 19, 20 can be done by manoeuvring the local master intemet- camcorder 21, 22. In this way, a local operator may manoeuvre a remote internet-camcorder by operate his local internet-camcorder and view the remote scenery on the local internet-camcorder's monitor screen.

Fig5. shows an alternative remote control mechanism of a said internetcamcorder: the mouse driven. A said remote intemet-cairncorder 23, 24 is shooting pictures and sends them to a local PC or a local internetcamcorder and display them on their local screen 25. A special cursor 26, 27 and a special zoom icon 28, 29 on the local screen can be designed to operate the remote internet-camcorder 23, 24. For instance, moving the cursor 26 horizontally on the local screen may command the remote internet-camcorder 23 and its said positioning mechanism 24 to move left or right. While moving the cursor 27 vertically on the local screen may command the said remote internet-camcorder 23, 24 6 to turn up or down. The zoom icons 28, 29 on the local screen over the shooting pictures may command the remote internet-camcorder 23 to focus in or out. In other words, a said remote internet-camcorder 23. 24 can be remotely driven by a local mouse on the local screen 25 over the current shooting picture through the internet.

Fig6. shows an example of a said internet-camcorder with integrated sensor ports. The sensors 32, 33, 34 can be connected to the said internet-camcorder 30 by cable or by wireless. When related events occurring, they start the said internet-carncorder 30 to shoot the scenerio and transfer them to a predefined remote web site 31 as well as recording them locally.

FliaT shows an example of a said internet-camcorder with dismountable monitor screen 0 4, dismountable keyboard 5, dismountable positioning mechanism 18, exchangeable wireless communication unit 3 and exchangeable personal computer 2. Where the dismounted monitor 4 and keyboard 5 may still work with the whole system in a separate and more flexible style.

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    Independent Claims 1. The said internet-camcorder integrates the said digital camcorder 1 with the said personal computer 2, with the said wireless communication unit 3 in such a manner that the said digital camcorder 1 and the said wireless communication unit 3 and their main input/output devices are also the said personal computer 2's main input/output devices. All these input/output devices are shared by the said digital camcorder 1, the said wireless communication unit 3 and the said personal computer 2.
  2. 2. The controllers of the said positioning control mechanism 18 and the focusing control system of the said digital camcorder 1 are either input/output devices of the said PC 2 or connected to the inputloutput ports of the said PC 2. They are controlled by the said PC 2 and by commands through the said PC 2. When manually manoeuvring the said internet-camcorder, the said positioning mechanism 18 can feedback signals to the said PC 2 and those signals can be translated by the software to related commands and then send to the internet through the said wireless communication units 3.
  3. 3. The said monitor screen 4 and the said camcorder viewer 6 in the claim 1 are shared by the said digital camcorder 1, the said wireless communication unit 3 and the said personal computer 2.
  4. 4. The said digital camcorder 1 tape drive and the said PC 2's hard disk drive in the claim 1 are also shared by the said PC 2 and the said wireless communication unit 3 and the said camcorder 1 directly. Not only the said camcorder 1 shooting pictures can be saved to the tape or disk, but also the data from the internet and the data processed from PC 2.
  5. 5. Other main inputloutput devices in the claim 1 are also shared by the said camcorder 1, the said wireless communication unit 3 and the said PC 2. Such as the keyboard 5 and mouse, the microphone, speakers, the CD (compact disk) drive, the DVD drive, the floppy disk drive, or the memory card drive etc.
  6. 6. The said internet-camcorder 1 to 6 in the claim 1 and the said positioning control mechanism 18 in the claim 2 are within the portable size and are physically integrated together to be hold and operated by a person easily and wirelessly just like operating a normal portable camcorder.
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  7. 7. The said positioning control mechanism 18 in the claim 2 can be dismounted from the main body of the internet-camcorder 1 to 6 in the claim 1. The main body 1 to 6 of the said internet-camcorder in the claim 1 can be operated independently without the said positioning mechanism 18.
  8. 8. Extra ports can be built into the said internet-camcorder in claim 1 to let normal TV, normal keyboard, mouse, normal speakers and normal microphone to be plug in directly.
  9. 9. Extra input/output ports can be added into the input/output devices of the said internet-camcorder in claim 5. They may input various extemal signals such as fire sensor signals, theft sensor signals, earthquake sensor signals, even personal health sensor signals, like heart attack signals, etc. All of the signals in these ports can be managed by a software in the said PC of the said internet-camcorder in claim 1. On alarming, the said internet-camcorder may direct the warnings and related scenerio to a remote web site or a said remote internet-camcorder through the internet and let the remote operator and other related online viewers know what is happening. Also, in an emergence, the related scenery are not only recorded in the said local internetcamcorder but also recorded automatically in some remote web site for safety reasons. For instance, there might be a web page of www.uk.999 or www.999.uk to remotely record such emergence multimedia messages, i.e. pictures and sounds and special data, for UK residents. Or www.uk.999.cambridge for the Cambridge Local Authority.
  10. 10. The said internet-camcorder in claim 1 can also be designed to automatically track event scenerio depending on those special input/output port signals in claim 9 using the said positioning mechanism 18 in claim 2.
  11. 11. When the said internet-camcorder 1 to 6 in claimI and the positioning mechanism 18 in claim 2 are attached together, a local operator may hold the internet-camcorder while the internet-camcorder can still be operated by a remote viewer through the internet.
  12. 12. Two said internet-camcorders in claim 1 with their said positioning mechanisms in claim 2 can work synchronous. One internet-camcorder can be a master and the other one can be a slave. Operating the master internetcamcorder, the slave internetcamcorder is manoeuvred simultaneously. The master internet-carncorder's monitor screen can display the slave internet-carncorder's shooting.
  13. 13. The said camcorder viewer 6 in claim 3 has a switch selecting (by hardware or by software) to display either the same or different contents from the said monitor 4. And there are switches in the claim 3 to let the said monitor 4 and the said camcorder viewer 6 to select to display the said camcorder 1 shooting pictures only or both camcorder 1 shooting pictures with the internet web pages (by hardware or by software).
  14. 14. A remote mouse driven 25, 26, 27, 28, 29 can be result from claims 1, 2, 3. A said remote internet-camcorder 23, 24 in claims 1, 2 is operated directly by cursors 26, 27 or icons 28, 29 over the remote scenery pictures on the local screen 25. Moving the cursor 26, 27 on the local monitor screen 25 may drive the remote internet-camcorder 23, 24 to shoot and change scenery.
  15. 15. The said wireless communication units 3 in claim 1 can be switched off and a telephone line can be plug in to use the normal internet networks.
  16. 16. The said integrated personal computer 2 in claim 1 can also be dismounted from the said internet-camcorder and instead to plug in another independent computer. During editing and data processing, a much more powerful computer might be needed to exchange the data in the said internet-camcorder directly.
  17. 17. The said monitor 4 in claim 3 and the said keyboard 5 in claim 5 can be dismounted from the main body of the said internet-camcorder with cable connections to the said PC 2 in claim 1 and can still work with the whole system.
  18. 18. The said digital camcorder 1 in claim 1 can save its shooting pictures to the said harddisk drive on the said PC 2 in claim 4 in variable controlled speeds. It can then be played back at the normal speed on the local or remote monitor to give slower or faster scenery.
  19. 19. The said PC 2 in claim 1 can save its data on the said camcorder I's tape in claim 4 for backup or download software.
  20. 20. Data and pictures from the said PC 2, or from the said wireless units 3 or from the said camcorder 1 in claim 1 can also be stored in other input/output devices in claim 5, such as CD, writeable CD, floppy, etc.
    20. Data and pictures from the said PC 2, the said wireless units 3 or the said camcorder 1 in claim 1 can also be stored in other input/output devices in claim 5, such as CD, writeable CD, floppy, etc.
    AMENDMENTS TO THE CLAIMS HAVE BEEN FILED AS FOLLOWS:
    Independent Claims 1. The said intemet-carncorder integrates the said digital camcorder 1 with the said personal computer 2, with the said wireless communication unit 3 in such a manner that the said digital camcorder 1 and the said wireless communication unit 3 and their main input/output devices are also the said personal computer 2's main input/output devices. All these input/output devices are shared by the said digital camcorder 1, the said wireless communication unit 3 and the said personal computer 2.
    2. The said internet-carncorder in claim 1 can also have a positioning control mechanism 18 integrated. The actuators in the said positioning control mechanism 18 and the focusing control system of the said digital camcorder 1 are either input/output devices of the said PC 2 or connected to the input/output ports of the said PC 2. They are controlled by the said PC 2 and by commands through the i said PC 2. When manually manoeuvring the said internet-camcorder, the said positioning mechanism 18 can feedback signals to the said PC 2 and those signals can be translated by the software to related commands and then send to the internet through the said wireless communication units 3.
    3. The said monitor screen 4 and the said cameorder viewer 6 on the said camcorder 1 in the claim 1 can be shared by the said digital camcorder 1 and the said wireless communication unit 3 and the said personal computer 2.
    4. The said digital camcorder l's tape drive and the said PC 2's hard disk drive in the claim 1 are also shared by the said PC 2 and the said wireless communication unit 3 and the said carncorder 1 directly. Not only the said camcorder 1 shooting pictures can be saved to the tape or disk, but also the data from the internet and the data processed from PC 2.
    5. Other main input/output devices in the claim 1 are also shared by the said camcorder 1 and the said wireless communication unit 3 and the said PC 2. Such as the keyboard 5 and mouse, the microphone, speakers, the CD (compact disk) drive, the DV1) drive, the floppy disk drive, or the memory card drive etc.
    6. The said internet-camcorder 1 to 6 in the claim 1 and the said positioning control mechanism 18 in the claim 2 are within the portable size and are physically integrated together to be hold and operated by a person easily and wirelessly just like operating a normal portable camcorder.
    Dependent Claims 7. The said positioning control mechanism 18 in the claim 2 can be dismounted from the main body of the internet-carncorder 1 to 6 in the claim 1. The main body 1 to 6 of the said internet-camcorder in the claim 1 can be operated independently without the said positioning mechanism 18.
    8. Extra ports can be built into the said intemet-camcorder in claim 1 to let normal TV, normal keyboard, mouse, normal speakers and normal microphone to be plug in directly.
    9. Extra input/output ports can be added into the input/output devices of the said intemet-camcorder in claim 5. They may input various external signals such as fire sensor signals, theft sensor signals, earthquake sensor signals, even personal health sensor signals, like heart attack signals, etc. All of the signals in these ports can be managed by a software in the said PC of the said internet-camcorder in claim 1. On alarming, the said intemet-camcorder may direct the warnings and related seenerio to a remote web site or a said remote internet-camcorder through the internet and let the remote operator and other related online viewers know what is happening. Also, in an emergence, the related scenery are not only recorded in the said local internetcamcorder but also recorded automatically in some remote web site for safety reasons. For instance, there might be a web page of www.uk.999 or www.999.uk to remotely record such emergence multimedia messages, i.e. pictures and sounds and -special data, for UK residents. Or www.uk.999.cambridge for the Cambridge Local Authority.
    10. The said internet-camcorder in claim 1 can also be designed to automatically track event scenerio depending on those special input/output port signals in claim 9 using the said positioning mechanism 18 in claim 2.
    11. When the said intemet-camcorder 1 to 6 in claimI and the positioning mechanism 18 in claim 2 are attached together, a local operator may hold the internet-camcorder while the internet-camcorder can still be operated by a remote viewer through the internet.
    12. Two said internet-camcorders in claim 1 with their said positioning mechanisms in claim 2 can work synchronous. One intemet-cameorder can be a master and the other one can be a slave. Operating the master internetcamcorder, the slave internetcamcorder is manoeuvred simultaneously. The master internet-camcorder's monitor screen can display the slave intemetcameorder's shooting.
    13. The said camcorder viewer 6 in claim 3 has a switch selecting (by hardware or by software) to display either the same or different contents from the said monitor 4. And there are switches in the claim 3 to let the said monitor 4 and the said camcorder viewer 6 to select to display the said camcorder 1 shooting pictures only or both camcorder 1 shooting pictures with the internet web pages (by hardware or by software).
    14. A remote mouse driven 25, 26, 27, 28, 29 can be resulted from claims 1, 2, 3. A said remote internet-camcorder 23, 24 in claims 1, 2 is operated directly by cursors 26, 27 or icons 28, 29 over the remote scenery pictures on the local screen 25. Moving the cursor 26, 27 on the local monitor screen 25 may drive the remote internet-camcorder 23, 24 to shoot and change scenery.
    15. The said wireless communication units 3 in claim 1 can be switched off and a telephone line can be plug in to use the normal internet networks.
    16. The said integrated personal computer 2 in claim 1 can also be dismounted from the said internet-camcorder and instead to plug in another independent computer. During editing and data processing, a much more powerful computer might be needed to exchange the data in the said intemet-camcorder directly.
    17. The said monitor 4 in claim 3 and the said keyboard 5 in claim 5 can be dismounted from the main body of the said internet-camcorder with cable connections to the said PC 2 in claim 1 and can still work with the whole system.
    18. The said digital camcorder 1 in claim 1 can save its shooting pictures to the said harddisk drive on the said PC 2 in claim 4 in variable controlled speeds. It can then be played back at the normal speed on the local or remote monitor to give slower or faster scenery.
    19. The said PC 2 in claim 1 can save its data on the said camcorder I's tape in claim 4 for back-up or download software.
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