Many of us are trying to figure out how to virtually celebrate the holiday with our loved ones, realizing that the cameras on laptops and phones are not ideal for a large gathering. If you have a Fire TV Cube and USB webcam handy, you can put them together and kitbash a video conference in the living room.
The new functionality comes from a software update for the Fire TV Cube, unfortunately limited to the latest second-generation model. If you don̵
Webcams that support UVC (‘USB video class’) will all work, meaning pretty much anything from a major brand sold in the last ten years, and you’ll need an adapter to switch from the standard USB-A to the Fire TV. go Cube’s MicroUSB port. While most webcams work well, webcams with at least 1080p resolution and a wider field of view are more ideal for a living room setup.
The software update also adds the ability for Ring Doorbell Camera notifications while watching TV, and Alexa can provide pop-up answers to questions without interrupting the audio from a playing show.
Source: Amazon via The Verge