The Coffee Pot and The Webcam: Necessity as the Mother of Invention


Xcoffee As a footnote to a great article about the history of our love for gadgets, the story of how the webcam came to be is told in today’s Independent:

"In 1991 the webcam is born as the computer-science department of Cambridge University installs a video camera showing the filter coffee machine in the library’s Trojan Room, to avoid people the disappointment of making the journey only to find the pot empty. The webcam was finally switched off on 22 August 2001."

Perhaps with the rise of internet it will finally be noted that we have all become these nerds: using the extraordinary as a work-around for the banal 😉