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  • Webcams The Past, Present and Future By Alaina Rydzewski New Media January 16, 2009
  • Definition of a Webcam -A camera that sends continuous images or videos to a Web site for display; now more commonly used between people to “chat”
  • The History of the Webcam
    • The first webcam was started in 1991
    • It was called CoffeeCam and was pointed at the Trojan room coffee pot in the computer science department of Cambridge University
    • It was finally retired on August 22, 2001
    • The webcam found commercial use through pornography (we won’t go into that)
    • Later webcams included:
      • JenniCam- started in 1996, which documented the life of its namesake
      • Justin.tv-shows a continuous stream from a mobile camera mounted on the star’s head
    • More recently, Apple and other computer companies have been building webcams into the screens, eliminating the need for additional hardware
    • Branded the NiK-cam
  • Older Webcams
  • Newer Webcams
  • Webcams embedded in laptop screens **Note that the webcams are in the top middle of the screen
  • Skype is one of the most popular usage sites for webcams. All you have to do is visit their homepage, download the software (for free!) and you get a free call, plus all the other benefits of Skype, such as a buddy list. Skype is easy to use and free. .com
  • Questions… *How many of you have and use a webcam? *Is it embedded in your computer? *Do you think webcams are gaining popularity and why?
  • Bibliography http://www.howtosetupwebcam.com/webcamhistory http://www.skype.com http://www.gearlog.com/images/snakecam%202.jpg http://www.crunchgear.com/wp-content/uploads/pro9000_ctg.jpg http://www.intellect.uk.com/images/creative%20webcam%20go%20500x400.jpg