“The Trojan room coffee pot was the inspiration for the world’s first webcam. The coffee pot was located in the Trojan Room, within the old Computer Laboratory of the University of Cambridge. The webcam was created to help people working in other parts of the building avoid pointless trips to the coffee room by providing a live picture of the state of the coffee pot. The camera was installed on a local network in 1991 using a video capture card on an Acorn Archimedes. Quentin Stafford-Fraser wrote the client software and Paul Jardetzky wrote the server.
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