I've thought, on occasion while working on projects, that it would be nice to have a camera handy, but not in the way too much. This would be useful for documenting the progress of projects for posting here (I've thought about it for a while, just haven't started posting info about the projects until now) as well as for my own use - what did this thing look like when I started, or how were these wires attached (perhaps I should also label things as I go. . .). The idea of having a camera mounted on a swing-arm came to mind, and then quickly got shuffled to the back of my mind for a while. Eventually, I came across a post at Instructables where an Ikea desk lamp was modified to hold a webcam. I liked it and already had an old desk-lamp with a broken switch that I wasn't using anymore; I just needed a webcam. I looked around for a while and eventually settled on the Logitech HD Pro Webcam C920 which has a tripod-mount base.
- All of the components were gathered as shown below. This includes:
- I removed the Lamp-shroud from the arm by first cutting the lamp-cord (and removing it from the arm assembly), then removing the two screws attaching the lamp-shroud to the bracket.
- I then removed the tightening screw and separated the shroud-mount from the final pivot assembly.
- The mount bracket was then broken down into its components.
- At this point I realized that the bracket post was approximately the same size as the screw needed for the mount (About 1/4"). I checked both with my calipers to verify.
- This simplified the conversion process, as I could now eliminate the Lexan mount and simply substitute the screw for the previous lamp-mount.
- The new bracket was reinserted into the final pivot assembly and the tightening screw was re-installed.
- Finally, the camera mounted to the swing-arm attached to my desk.