Two-way video conferencing on iPhone made possible by an iPhone hack

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The iPhone hackers have been great so far; busy releasing hacks to unlock iPhone from AT&T’s clutches, get custom ringtones, change the background from the boring black, not to forget the games and applications to make your iPhone that much more special.

This new ingenious iPhone hack will let you do two-way video conferencing with your iPhone, something I can bet you would have never thought of, atleast I hadn’t.

Based on the placement on the iPhone camera at the back of the iPhone it is safe to assume that Apple does not intend to unlock a video conferencing feature atleast in this version of the iPhone. But, that has not stopped a couple of enterprising iPhone hackers from showcasing at the recent C-4 developer conference that it is possible to get video conferencing on the iPhone even with the camera at the back .

Inorder to workaround the placement of the camera, the hackers used the Huckleberry mirror, a periscope for MacBook or MacBook Pro which allowed you to film what’s in front of you. As you would expect the Huckleberry mirror had to be customized to fit the iPhone.

To understand this better, see the image of the principle of the periscope (courtesy Wiki) below, it should give you an idea of how they manage to get your image on to the iPhone even though you are not in front of iPhone’s camera (for the two-way video conferencing, you need to be seeing the other person on iPhone’s screen so you will not be facing the camera). After the image is captured it is further re-oriented using custom software.