Tried the macam. The preview window in macam looks like it's capturing a single frame, although the status across the bottom does report a frame rate that varies slightly - I imagine it is reporting what the driver is doing. And clicking Record causes macam to crash.
I have been experiencing problems with this as well. I have the single frame grab issue referenced by BDC, I have only got the feed to come through on CommunityCoreVision (CCV), and have got the audio to come through in QuickTime - but nothing else. I tried installing the driver in several places but no luck.
I am running 10.8.5 Anyone have any breakthroughs?
I'm on 10.9, but Apple seems determined to transition away from QuickTime and to AVFoundation - it wouldn't surprise me if this was relevant to 10.8 also. Not really a solution, but I finally gave up with macam et al and bought a couple of Microsoft LifeCam's; they seem to run without any troubles.
I am also very interested in making sure this piece of technology continues.
The fact that you can get a PS3 Eye on Amazon for ca. $10, 3D print enclosures for them, hot swap lenses, control all camera lighting options in software, and specify a wide range of resolutions and frame rates (all on a USB) makes this just about the best hackable camera I can possibly imagine.
That being said, I would be totally on board to help ensure there is accessible, cross-platform software solution for this camera.
It works great but has a few bugs that cause dropped frames under certain flicker modes. It is also nearly impossible to change resolutions or frame rates. It is also not very sharable as the app is dependent on where it is located in the file structure. However, it still rocks!
To my knowledge this is the only "double-clickable" app that allows for access to the PS3 Eye on the Mac without getting your hands dirty and typing fresh OpenFrameworks or Cinder C++ code.
To summarize, I think these two actions would be very useful.
1) A working driver to be used in creating fresh apps (like the one LSKA mentioned) (For Experts)
2) Simple App for accessing, controlling, and streaming the camera to other apps. (For Beginners)
3) Methods for making plugins available to all of the favorite IDE's (I.e. Max, Processing, Quartz Composer)