The Trojan Room Coffee Pot
20 years ago the world's first webcam was set up - it was pointed at a pot of coffee.
Computer scientists in Cambridge, UK, wanted to be able to check if there was coffee ready.
Twenty years ago the world's first webcam was created - and it was pointed at a pot of coffee. A camera was set up because computer scientists wanted to be able to see if a coffee pot in a room at Cambridge University was was full and fresh - or empty - and thus not worth a journey to the room where the coffee pot was kept. Soon computer geeks around the world were checking it daily.