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14th Jan '16 12:21:33 PM Piando
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* In ''{{Spider-Man}}'' comics, the earliest versions of the Spider-Slayer robots worked this way. The robots, piloted remotely by J. Jonah Jameson, would seem to have no technological ''need'' to project JJJ's face onto a TV screen mounted on the robot's "head," but that's exactly what they do.

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* In ''{{Spider-Man}}'' ''ComicBook/{{Spider-Man}}'' comics, the earliest versions of the Spider-Slayer robots worked this way. The robots, piloted remotely by J. Jonah Jameson, would seem to have no technological ''need'' to project JJJ's face onto a TV screen mounted on the robot's "head," but that's exactly what they do.

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* Taken to somewhat silly extremes in BigBangTheory, where everyone uses Skype. People on screen will turn their heads to look at the person they are addressing, which means on their end they would be looking at the wall.

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* Many of the screens in the ''VideoGame/HalfLife'' universe seem capable of this, particularly the Combine screens of ''VideoGame/HalfLife2''.

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* Taken to somewhat silly extremes in BigBangTheory, Series/TheBigBangTheory, where everyone uses Skype. People on screen will turn their heads to look at the person they are addressing, which means on their end they would be looking at the wall.

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* Many any of the screens in the ''VideoGame/HalfLife'' universe seem capable of this, particularly the Combine screens of ''VideoGame/HalfLife2''.




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15th Dec '15 5:34:17 PM MarkLungo
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* SSTV (Slow Scanning Television) was a method of image translation used in amateur radio practice before cheap cameras were available. It required only one light sensor instead of a proper camera and used a TV screen [CRT] for scanning. It was a more or less a shadow puppet theater for a [[GeneralGamingGamepads light-gun controller]].

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* SSTV (Slow Scanning Television) was a method of image translation used in amateur radio practice before cheap cameras were available. It required only one light sensor instead of a proper camera and used a TV screen [CRT] for scanning. It was a more or less a shadow puppet theater for a [[GeneralGamingGamepads [[UsefulNotes/GeneralGamingGamepads light-gun controller]].
4th Oct '15 10:53:45 AM nombretomado
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* ''{{Bakugan}}'': Dan and his friends chat over the Internet and no webcam is ever seen.

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* ''{{Bakugan}}'': ''Anime/{{Bakugan}}'': Dan and his friends chat over the Internet and no webcam is ever seen.
23rd Aug '15 7:35:53 AM Epithumia
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* During the 1980s a computer magazine published a program to turn the BBC Micro's screen into a camera. After manually entering the the hexadecimal code, readers who thought this trope was in play were likely to receive a [[AprilFoolsDay rapid reality check]].
5th Jul '15 9:20:59 PM nombretomado
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* ''{{Lexx}}'': 790's eyes and mouth are screens, cameras, and speakers.

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* ''{{Lexx}}'': ''Series/{{Lexx}}'': 790's eyes and mouth are screens, cameras, and speakers.
4th Jun '15 7:40:16 PM thatother1dude
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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLifeAsATeenageRobot'': The television that extends out of Jenny's stomach that Mrs. Wakeman communicates to her with.

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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLifeAsATeenageRobot'': The A television that extends out of Jenny's stomach chest that Mrs. Wakeman communicates to her with.
with and can see through.
26th Mar '15 5:14:55 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Film/GhostInTheMachine'': The virtual killer is shown travelling through cyberspace, until he stops to observe his victims through a one-way computer screen or similar interface as if it were a glass window.

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* ''Film/GhostInTheMachine'': The virtual killer is shown travelling through cyberspace, until he stops to observe his victims through a one-way computer screen or similar interface as if it were a glass window.
26th Mar '15 5:13:45 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''1408'' averts the trope; the cam is visible when the main character starts a video chat.
* ''AustinPowers'': Dr. Evil tends to do this a lot. He has typical villain ultimatums with various world leaders through closed circuit televisions, yet there are no cameras that would allow him to see anything.

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* ''1408'' ''Film/FourteenOhEight'' averts the trope; the cam is visible when the main character starts a video chat.
* ''AustinPowers'': ''Film/AustinPowers'': Dr. Evil tends to do this a lot. He has typical villain ultimatums with various world leaders through closed circuit televisions, yet there are no cameras that would allow him to see anything.
* ''Film/GhostInTheMachine'': The virtual killer is shown travelling through cyberspace, until he stops to observe his victims through a one-way computer screen or similar interface as if it were a glass window.
8th Mar '15 7:59:58 PM C2
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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLifeAsATeenageRobot'': The television that extends out of Jenny's stomach that Mrs. Wakeman communicates to her with.
17th Feb '15 1:05:35 AM AgentTasmania
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May save yourself some teeth grinding to assume the camera is closely adjacent to the screen, as in a laptop's webcam or a smartphone's front-facing camera.
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