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October 2, 2007

Behold the geek-nectar

srikanth @ 9:41 am, GMT +0000 ( 1191318095 ) Play

This service started off in 1991, displaying something along these lines:

The original service eventually ended in 2001: this was its last transmission:

The object you see in the first image was sold for £3,350, and the service now shows this:

What “service”?

Answered by: Shashank , bs , Poornima , Piyush , Sharath , Abhishek , uma , Gammafunction , udupendra , Prasad , Dhruva , LordJim and jayanth.

Answer: The Trojan Room Coffee Pot. The pot was sold for a huge amount to Der Speigel, which broadcasts the second type of image.

13 Responses to “Behold the geek-nectar”

  1. Shashank

    Trojan Room coffee pot

    It started off the webcam craze

  2. bs

    hee hee. The Trojan Room Coffee Cam and XCoffee.
    Man, you guys need to get a life! My excuse to knowing this kind of crap is being a coffee addict, and I'm a grad student so I don't have a life anyways. What's yours?

  3. Poornima

    Webcam service. Started in 1991 at The University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory

  4. Piyush

    The first webcam. This was installed in Cambridge's CS dept and provided the service of saving lazy people the trip to the coffee machine to check if there was coffee or not. The webcam streamed live images of the coffee machine(and lazy ppl could see if it was worth making a trip or not).

  5. Sharath

    The "service" is 'The Trojan Room Coffee Pot'.
    The coffee pot sat in the Trojan Room of the Computer Science Department of Cambridge University and was the star of the first ever Webcam way back in 1993. (Though the camera was connected to the local network in 19991 , it was connected to the internet only in 1993).That idea eventually evolved into the world’s first webcam.

  6. Abhishek

    Trojan Room coffee pot – The Trojan Room coffee pot was the inspiration for the world's first webcam
    Link :

  7. uma

    Trojan Room coffee pot project


  8. Gammafunction

    It is the Trojan room coffee pot-inspiration for the world's first webcam.It was designed so that user's could prevent pointless trips to the coffee room by looking at the state of the coffee pot on the feed of the webcam on their desktops.

  9. udupendra

    The trojan room coffee pot, aka the world's first webcam broadcast

  10. Prasad

    The service is "webcam". Image 1 shows the Trojan Room Coffee Pot.The webcam was created to help lazy geeks in not in line of contact sight of the coffee pot avoid pointless trips to the coffee room by providing, on the user's desktop computer,by providing a real time image of the current status of the coffee pot and hence maximizing the amount of coffee intake with the least amount of steps/movement.
    Are you sure Devadutta didnt post this question?

  11. Dhruva

    It is the "Trojan room coffee pot".  In university of Cambridge,  a video frame grabber was setup and a client, server was written which would display a live picture of a coffee pot in the room called "Trojan room", on the user desktops. This helped people to know the state of the m/c in advance! This inspired the first web cam. XCoffee was the name of the software!

  12. Methinks, that it is the famous coffee dispenser in University of Cambridge.
    So answer would be the "webcam -service"(?),  which allowed the nerds to actually know, from their desktops, whether the dispenser had any coffee in it

  13. jayanth

    the first live video feed.. it was displaying the amount of coffee in  the coffee machine

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