Since it first appeared on sale in the 1990’s, the humble webcam has gradually found its way onto every desk and the lid of every laptop. Originally confined to university networks, these devices have become part of our daily lives and play an important part in shaping the Web. They have created new markets, software applications and business models (sometimes involving real human models).
But how much do you really know about webcams? Their history? Their dark secrets?
When did the first webcam designed for the general population appear on sale?
Which university perfected the first webcam?
What is the name given to the Internet users that broadcast their daily life 24/7 by webcam?
TRUE or FALSE? The first webcam was continuously broadcasting an image of a coffee machine
For a while now, what has been considered the standard resolution for webcams?
What company manufactured the first webcam for the general public called the Quickcam?
When was the first 3D webcam made?
TRUE or FALSE? A CMOS sensor provides better image quality than a CCD sensor
What was the name of the webcam used by PlayStation 2 to offer interactive mini-games?
What is the name of the infamous random encounter webcam website?
What is the term used to describe a webcam that streams images which can be acessed simply by connecting to a URL?
TRUE or FALSE? Apple was the first to sell laptops with on-board webcams
Which artist met viral success on YouTube thanks to their music video that mixed sequences filmed on a webcam with archive footage?
- Justin Bieber
- Lana Del Ray
Which service allows users to chat on Facebook via webcam?
What is the name of Microsoft's online conferencing software which allows videoconferencing?
To you, the webcam is an obscure artifact. Today, cameras are built into computers, mobile phones and even fridges, so it's easy to understand how someone could forget the importance of this device. But the webcam phenomenon has had a decisive impact on the Internet, and we know from history that knowing your history is important.
You know quite a bit about webcams, but a few knowledge gaps still remain. You realise the impact of the video revolution which was started by these tiny devices, but are far from being a natural in front of the camera. Remember: there's a hundred and one thing you can do with a webcam, from home surveillance to experiments with augmented reality. The world is your canvas!
You are the Steven Spielberg of the webcam world. Your YouTube videos make grown men cry, and your videoconferencing skills know no equal. Whether it's chatting on Skype, video blogging or conducting augmented reality experiments, you know, and have known for some time, how to get the most out of your webcam - and your score proves it!