I had a problem (its as if they come looking for me), I want a camera to document the work I do in the lab while I'm working, yet there aren't really any convenient places to put a camera. I had toyed with the idea of bolting one to my swing lamp, but I still want to reposition the camera if I need to. Magnets. Why not glue a magnet to the base of the webcam?
You can stick this camera to any steel surface, be it a lamp, a wall, a car, or whatever. The camera could be used for lots of applications. I'm using mine as a documentation device in conjunction with the lab computer.
Step 1: Prep the Magnet
File or scrub(with a Brillo/Scotch-BriteTM pad) the back of the magnet to get all the grease and other junk off of it, when its smooth and clean its time to put it together.
Step 2: Prep the Camera
Pick out your webcam to
sacrifice destroy use for science! (I used a $10 cheapo one without a mic that I had got for another project which didn't work out)
File the bottom of the camera flat where you'll want it to sit.
Step 3: Put It Together
Now fit the magnet on the webcam for a test fit, then apply your preferred glue to where the magnet will sit.
Step 4: Tape It Up and Wait
Now tape the magnet tightly to the webcam and wait till the glue sets and cures (E6000 takes 24-48 hours to cure fully)
Step 5: Use It!
Stick it on surfaces that like magnets and use it like a normal webcam. I will use mine for documenting builds and such.