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Ido Zimet

Did You Know? The Trojan Room Coffee Pot

The world’s first webcam was created to keep tabs on a pot of coffee. Namely, the pot of coffee in the “Trojan room” computer lab at the University of Cambridge. The webcam was created to help people working in other parts of the building avoid pointless trips to the coffee pot by providing, on the user's desktop computer, a live 128×128 grey scale picture of the state of the coffee pot.
A few years after its internal debut, the pot achieved international celebrity when its images were made accessible via the internet. The Trojan room coffee webcam was online for ten years, from 1991-2001, and was viewed by millions from all around the world.
The coffee pot had celebrity appearance in the video game Hitman 2: Silent Assassin. In the "Graveyard Shift" mission the player can cause a distraction by destroying a "coffee camera" in the kitchen.
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