[ih] Early IoT: anyone remember The Internet Toaster and Crane? :D

the keyboard of geoff goodfellow geoff at iconia.com
Thu Jul 9 07:47:46 PDT 2020

there was also "The *Trojan Room coffee pot* was a coffee machine
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coffee_machine> located next to the
so-called Trojan Room in the old Computer Laboratory
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/University_of_Cambridge_Computer_Laboratory> of
the University of Cambridge
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/University_of_Cambridge>, England, which in
1991 provided the inspiration for the world's first webcam



On Thu, Jul 9, 2020 at 4:37 AM Miles Fidelman via Internet-history <
internet-history at elists.isoc.org> wrote:

> On 7/9/20 4:05 AM, Lars Brinkhoff via Internet-history wrote:
> > How about Arpanet of Things?
> >
> > Danny Hillis connected elevator buttons to MIT's Chaosnet, and by
> > extension Arpanet.  Users could type a special key combination on their
> > keyboards to call the elevator to Tech Square floors 8 or 9.  Another
> > key would buzz open the door to the machine room on the 9th floor.
> > Source code for this is available.
> A fraternity brother.  I'm reminded that some of the folks who strung
> the wires talked rather proudly about it being a "black bag job,"
> carried out with the stealth of a special forces operation, and things
> like covering the wires with grease to make them look like they'd always
> been there.
> And then there was the Fresh Pond traffic camera, at BBN - I can't
> remember who's office it was in, but it was down the hall from mine, at
> one time.  (Why is it that I've managed to have front row seats for some
> of these things, but managed to miss the direct action.  Same again for
> the MIT Blackjack Team - classmates, neighbors, close, but no cigar.
> Sigh...)
> Miles Fidelman
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