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First webcam to bite the dust: Acorn hardware at heart

By Chris Williams. Published: 8th Mar 14:43:11 | Permalink | Printable

The very first webcam, installed in 1991 at Cambridge University by computer science researchers, does in actual fact monitor a lab coffee pot so everyone in the lab can check from their terminals when the pot had brewed.

However the department is now preparing to move premises and the webcam, despite its cult status, is not expected to continue. The webcam ran on an old Acorn archimedes computer with a video camera connected to a digitiser to broadcast the coffee pot. The history of the pot can be found from the links below along with the latest coffee pot image.

The Coffee Pot
Coffee Pot history

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The department has moved to the "William Gates" building, thus ensuring that British computer innovations will never again originate at Cambridge university.

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