Site Seer: Smile, you're on Web camera
August 16, 1996
Web posted at: 4:20 a.m. EDT
From CNN Interactive Staff Writer Liza Kaufman Hogan
(CNN) -- One of the wonders of the Web is the ability to view
"live" pictures via the Internet.
Whether it's the weather in Winnipeg or the traffic in
Trenton, there's probably a digital camera pointing there,
feeding a Web site.
Most cam sites deliver a picture of an indoor or outdoor
scene that updates every minute or so. There's a kitchen
cam, turtle cam, gerbil cam, aquarium cam -- even a camera
pointed at a coffee pot.
No special software is needed, and the photos can be viewed
with most browsers.
Here are a few of our favorites, including CNN Interactive's
own Big Brother Cam.
Billed as "The Original Florida Eastcoast Surfcam," this site
offers a daily view of surf conditions in Melbourne, Florida.
The waves found on a recent visit to the site wouldn't
satisfy West Coast surfers, but they might tempt them to get
out their boogie boards. You also can check out the weather
in Melbourne and chat with other surfers at this site.
Next time you're in Singapore, you won't have to worry about
getting caught in a traffic jam. Skycam, a project sponsored
by the Television Corporation of Singapore, lets you check
the traffic flow at any of eight spots on the island from the
Causeway to Benjamin Sheares Bridge.
Each location includes a map showing where the camera is
stationed in relation to the shot, courtesy of Singapore's
chief surveyor. Alas, the cameras only operate from 6 a.m. to
Watching television through a Web site gives new meaning to
the phrase "get a life." Still, it's a novel site. Here you
can view what's playing on Comedy Central at any moment.
Sometimes you get programs and sometimes commercials. It
would be just as fast to turn on your television, but that
would take all the fun out of it.
CNN Interactive's Big Brother Camera
You get to be Big Brother. You can watch us working (or not
working) through the digital camera pointed at our 24-hour
newsroom in Atlanta's CNN Center. The image reloads every two
minutes. There's also a link to a listing of the people you
might see on the Big Brother cam. Send us feedback if you
don't like what we're wearing or want to offer us a modeling
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