I knew coffee was important but I didn’t know it was THAT important. The first webcam was created in 1991 and it was located in a computer lab at the University of Cambridge. Its only purpose was to film a COFFEE POT so that lab users would not make unnecessary trips to where the coffee pot was situated.
Nowadays, a webcam serves bigger purposes such as video chatting, home security and live streaming and to find out that the initial purpose of the webcam was not any of the above, I was a bit taken by surprise.Creating a webcam just for filming a coffee pot is being lazy in an ingenious way. Or more likely, they were extremely busy and couldn’t afford to waste time checking if coffee was ready. Anyhow, I believe trips to the coffee pot could have been well-deserved breaks for the lab users.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m thankful for this invention because I am able to talk to friends and family who live in a different country but the reason of the webcam invention is still surprising.
This is the coffee pot seen through the first webcam:
P.S. If you want to read more interesting facts about the history of the Internet the article can be found here