Currently, Chris Cam is pointing through my kitchen window and down onto the street below. But, if you’re reading this in a week or two, there’s a good chance that I may have pointed it somewhere else, turned it off, dropped it in the kitchen sink and broken it, got bored of it, or whatever. But for now, it’s up and running and broadcasting live.
If you’re using most modern browsers (which sadly doesn’t include any version of Internet Explorer), you can control Chris Cam with the buttons provided below.
Web Cam Presets
1. Top left
2. Top right
3. Bottom left
4. Bottom right
5. Car park
7. Driveway (the camera will default here automatically after 5 minutes)
Anyway, enjoy. Oh, and let me know if you spot anything interesting happening!
If you’re interested, here’s the science bit!
I’m using a Panasonic BL-C131 wireless IP camera, connected to the internet using dynamic DNS. I’ve created a little Flash control panel app to integrate the camera into the blog a bit better. There’s a few seconds delay as it’s going over the interwires. Mozilla Firefox, Safari and Google Chrome users should just be able to view the live feed from the camera just fine, simply by looking at this page. Internet Explorer users however will just see a static image, as IE (shock horror) doesn’t support Motion JPEG as standard, so IE users will just see a static image taken from the feed instead. Refresh the page to see updates (just pretend it’s 1996 again) or just use a different browser.
Oh, and because my wireless coverage is a little flaky at times, occasionally the web camera will drop off the network, until I re-connect it manually. I’m sure I’ll spot it eventually, but it wouldn’t hurt to let me know if something seems amiss.