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The first webcam was invented to watch a coffee pot

Do you know what motivated In 1991, the folks at the University of Cambridge developed the first webcam ?

Well answer might surprised you, since it is a coffee pot.

To quote a BBC post:

"One of the things that's very, very important in computer science research is a regular and dependable flow of caffeine,"

But the problem for scientists was that the coffee pot was stationed in the main computer lab, known as the Trojan room, and many of the researchers worked in different labs and on different floors.

"They would often turn up to get some coffee from the pot, only to find it had all been drunk,"


Trojan coffee potThe original webcam updated the image of a coffee pot about three times a minute
 
 
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