Internet afecionados, this is an opportunity not to be missed (except
by those short of the $700+ cash needed to oust the current top bidder)!
Touted as the "Internet era's equivalent of Guttenburg's bible
the world's first Webcam has been disconnected and PLACED
FOR SALE ON EBAY after its decade-long, at-the-click-of-the-mouse
Hurry, AUCTION ENDS 11-Aug-01 13:39:29
In today's world full of real-time images of everything from refridgerators
and door bells to fish
tanks and college girls' dorm rooms, what's the big deal about an
on-line coffee pot?
As a Slashdot
discussion board participant notes, "It's a "piece of
Internet History that really should be saved... it's a part of the net's
history and lore." A couple logs down, Josh Turiel describes the
Coffee Cam as the "first thing that took advantage of the ability
of a browser to handle mixed media in a manner suitable for virtually
any platform." Prior to that, web pages were static, often only
text with in-line graphics. As simplistic as it was, the Coffee Cam
"was the direct precursor of a lot of things we now take for granted."
Throughout the discussion board, users cry out to have Internet phenomenons
like the Coffee Cam documented and archived. In spite of their seemingly
useless appearance, w00ly_mammoth comments that such sites "capture
the spirit of the net far better than a dozen Gartner analysts thrown
in a bin."
It's important to note that the Coffee Cam wasn't just about watching
a the levels of coffee rise and fall at one frame per second, it was
the fact that in 1993 (when most of us hadn't even heard of the Internet),
anyone with a computer could log on and view real-time images from England
across distance and time. It was the notion that people were experimenting
with machines and technology, creating new programs and opening up new
possibilities simply because they could.
History of the Original Web Cam:
Created in 1991 by a group of coffee-craving scientists frustrated
by the prospect of descending a flight of stairs only to discover an
empty pot, the Trojan Room Coffee Cam, known as XCoffee, captured
images via a camcorder and delivered them via an internal network to
the lab's computer monitors. A code written by the lazy, though highly
creative scientists, ensured every trip to the pot would be a success!
It wasn't until 1993, at the onset of the World Wide Web, that the
Coffee Cam went live.
An instant international curiosity, the $60 Coffee Pot has been viewed
over 2.4 million times, has received numerous e-mails, and even had
fans from around the world knocking on the lab door in hopes of catching
a glimpse of the pot, real-time.
XCoffee going off-line?
Later this year, the computer lab will be moving to a new building
outside of Cambridge. Because the system is still running on its original
hardware, it is unlikely any of the outdated equipment will be restored
in the new location. Thus, the live Webcast will sadly come to an end.
'till the Very Last Drop:
You can still catch a glimpse of the original XCoffee Cam through
these exclusive Screen Shots documented only on iStuff.org!