Hello 2007, it's 1991 calling
- February 19, 2007 7:07 PM |
- By Saleem Khan
by Saleem Khan, CBC News Online
David Winer, the self-described inventor of RSS (or not) – the technology that automatically tells you there's a new post to this blog or a news story without having to manually check the site – has discovered a new use for his webcam that he calls a "cool overkill use of technology." Only it's not so new.
Computer science geniuses at the University of Cambridge in England, tired of trotting to what was purportedly the sole coffee pot in their seven-storey building only to find it empty, linked what we now call a webcam to their network and aimed the electronic eye at the coveted carafe – in 1991, when it was really cutting-edge, high-end technology. In 1993, they hooked it up to the internet, instantly creating the world's first webcam superstar: the Trojan Room coffee pot.
And that's today's history lesson. I think 1991 wants its pot back. (I knew I'd be telling the kids about that one day.)
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