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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.


Singapore Skycam

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 11 p.m.

Comedy Central

Comedy Central Real Time Comedy TV

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.

Big Brother

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 contract.


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