[ih] Early IoT: anyone remember The Internet Toaster and Crane? :D
vgcerf at gmail.com
Thu Jul 9 13:09:58 PDT 2020
the coffee pot watcher was surely one of the first webcams I can remember.
I think there were some in Hawaii and maybe NZ as well. Wellington, NZ was
one of the first cities to have an official website, I think.
On Thu, Jul 9, 2020 at 10:48 AM the keyboard of geoff goodfellow via
Internet-history <internet-history at elists.isoc.org> wrote:
> 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
> 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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