January 8, 1998 |
People have always feared that Big Brother will peek in our bedrooms with surveillance cameras. It ends up that we don't need Big Brother. Dozens of people are setting up Webcams that snap live pictures 24 hours a day, letting anyone with an Internet connection and a browser into their home. Though the Webcam concept started years ago, with cameras trained on university labs and coffee machines, the home Webcam revolution began with JenniCam.
September 12, 1999 |
Worried that one of the driest East Coast summers in recent memory will put a damper on New England's annual color show, jittery leaf-peepers are already checking out the row of sugar maples featured on the Pawlet, Vt., Web site (http://www.vtweb.com/foliage/cam). What they're finding, via photos updated every 15 minutes: a reassuring green rather than crumpled brown, along with the stern message, "We are not having a drought and you needn't alter your plans."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 1, 2013 |
While Jennifer Clay was at home taking an online exam for her business law class, a proctor a few hundred miles away was watching her every move. Using a webcam mounted in Clay's Los Angeles apartment, the monitor in Phoenix tracked how frequently her eyes shifted from the computer screen and listened for the telltale sounds of a possible helper in the room. Her computer browser was locked - remotely - to prevent Internet searches, and her typing pattern was analyzed to make sure she was who she said she was: Did she enter her password with the same rhythm as she had in the past?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 7, 2005 |
Tallying results on election night has long been an embarrassment to Orange County, which has been plagued for years by slow counts, compared with other urban counties. But that may start changing Tuesday. Thanks to new strategies and better technology for ballot handling, officials said, voters may soon get final returns faster and get more information about what's happening behind the scenes as they wait.
January 18, 2007 |
THE sight of cars piling onto Interstate 5 is a familiar one to many. But in the multimedia art installation "Airlight SoCal," the air pollution surrounding the vehicles is the focal point. The freeway is depicted via a real-time webcam, as its footage and audio mutate based on incoming smog data from the South Coast Air Quality Management District.
HOME & GARDEN
October 11, 2007 |
Carol Roberts' 77-year-old mother is active and mentally sharp, but she suffers from a seizure disorder that requires close monitoring. "She didn't want to lose her independence, but she was apprehensive about living alone," Roberts says. One option was assisted living, but then Roberts heard of an alternative: new technology called the GrandCare System, which uses strategically placed home sensors to record motion in key spots such as the bathroom, entryway and bedroom.
September 2, 2002 |
When sending an instant text message on the Internet just won't do, try flashing some video instead. With a Webcam and the right software, friends and colleagues can see you live. Instant messaging programs have long come with the ability to send documents, photos and video files. Live audio also was possible. Now, there's live video. Yahoo Messenger now offers built-in live video, and an add-on is available from Logitech for AOL Instant Messenger and MSN Messenger. Both products are free.
January 28, 2007 |
TALK about an eavesdropper's paradise: Unless you work for the government, you will likely never have enjoyed such a powerful ability to monitor any of thousands of conversations as you do at Stickam.com, a new social networking site that's trying to leapfrog MySpace by enabling users to participate in live, multiway videoconferencing. Most rooms are public, and when you visit the site there is no requirement to broadcast either your image or voice or give your real name.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 26, 2013 |
A 19-year-old Temecula college freshman was taken into custody Thursday on federal charges he "sextorted" newly crowned Miss Teen USA and other young women around the world by hijacking their computer's webcams to capture naked images. Jared James Abrahams allegedly commandeered webcams of unsuspecting women in Canada, Ireland, Russia and across the United States, a federal criminal complaint unsealed Thursday said. After hacking into the webcams to obtain nude photos and videos, Abrahams allegedly used them to blackmail females as young as 16 to provide even more images, videos or live chat sessions.