I was experimenting with live video images across the internet as early as 1989, but by 1993 with the first web browsers I was able to get the Mozaic browser to include support for Motion JPEG. In 1994 Livecam was made commercially available, the first video streaming solution for the internet.

How it works

Just using a PC and video capture board to capture images, compress them in to JPEG images and push them though a web server in to the broswer.

Challenges I ran into

A the number of Broswers started to grow, adding support, Including audio via a Java app, Scaling the number of viewers.

Accomplishments that I'm proud of

To celebrate the Birthday of the HAL 9000 computer from 2001 a Space Odyssey, Live video of Arthur C. Clarke in Sri Lanka is streamed to UIUC near Chicago. March 14, 1997

What I learned

What's next for Livecam

The project is now long dead.

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