The Trojan Room Coffee Pot
I have often been credited in the media with inventing the webcam. This is not really justified - at least, I certainly didn't do it single-handed! But I was part of the team that did.
Articles about the pot have featured in many major newspapers around the world, but the peak was when it made the front pages of both the London Times and the Washington Post in one month! These articles are no longer on line, but there are links to scans of them below.
The very first reference to it was in Bob Metcalfe's column in Communications Week in 1992; at this point it was a networked camera, but not yet a webcam, for the simple reason that web browsers could not yet display images.
Later examples of press coverage include a cartoon in The Joy of Tech and, more recently, some discussion on BBC Breakfast TV and Radio 5 Live. The pot was even mentioned on the world's longest-running soap opera: BBC Radio 4's The Archers. Here's the clip. In Nov 2012, Paul, Martyn and I got together for an edition of the BBC World Service's 'Witness' programme.
I've put together a simple gallery of images of the pot here, and you can find movie and audio clips below.
|Washington Post 20010401.pdf||3.38 MB|
|Times Coffee Pot 20010307.pdf||684.25 KB|
|The Archers 240205.mp3||1.75 MB|
|CBC The Design Behind The Webcam 20141105 0917.mp3||2.59 MB|
|BBC Look East 260598 800Kbps Quicktime movie||21.59 MB|
|BBC Look East 260598 Quicktime movie||39.92 MB|
|Observer article 020297.pdf||2.63 MB|
|BBC Radio Cambridgeshire 111194.wav||1.53 MB|