New Statue of Liberty torch webcam celebrates landmark's 125th anniversary (travel.aol.co.uk)
Thousands of tourists have visited the Statue of Liberty and taken on the staircase challenge to soak up amazing views from her crown.
But you won't have seen the vista from the New York landmark's torch, which she proudly holds aloft as a shining beacon of hope and a symbol for the freedom of the American way of life.
Because the torch platform has been closed to the public for almost 100 years since 1916 - until now (kind of). more... 10/31/2011
UPcload Uses Your Webcam To Help You Order Clothes That Actually Fit (techcrunch.com)
But there’s one big area where online shopping has always fallen short: clothes shopping. If you’ve ever tried ordering a shirt or jeans off the web, then you know the feeling — the site says it’s a medium, but you’re not sure if you should move up to the large instead. more... 10/31/2011
Webcam to capture polar bear migration (cbc.ca)
A new webcam is capturing live images of the annual Canadian polar bear migration.
Hundreds of bears travel through the small town of Churchill, Man. each fall and wait for Hudson Bay to freeze over so they can hunt seals.
In the past, their trek was witnessed mainly by scientists and tourists. Now, thanks to a $50,000 US grant from the Annenberg Foundation, anyone can view the bears' antics and actions from their living room through the foundation's website. more... 10/31/2011
Statue of Liberty to sport webcams from its torch (reuters.com)
The Statue of Liberty is getting accessories -- with five webcams attached to the torch held high in New York harbor offering views not seen by the public in nearly a century.
The webcams go live on Friday during a ceremony on Liberty Island marking the 125th anniversary of the dedication of the copper-clad monument, which was a gift from France to the people of America.
From computers afar, viewers will be able to watch live video streams of traffic, boats and airplanes in high-resolution panoramic images showing the Manhattan skyline, the city's borough of Brooklyn and neighboring New Jersey. more... 10/28/2011
Webcam fitted to ram reveals sheep mating habits (.bbc.co.uk)
A webcam fitted to a ram in Cambridgeshire is being used to show the mating habits of sheep.
"Ram-cam" has been fitted to the ram as part of a community farming initiative MyFarm, run at the National Trust's Wimpole Home Farm in the county.
The small camera has been connected to Paolo, an 18-month-old Portland ram in his first mating season. more... 10/25/2011
Next up: your webcam sharing your mood with advertisers (inquisitr.com)
It almost seems inevitable given the growing ubiquitousness of webcams and the ability of software to detect facial movements but the idea that they could be used to gauge your emotional response to advertising on websites is more than spooky.
However this is exactly what a London-based company called Realeyes is working on with some real success apparently. The system they have developed uses the webcam that is now standard fair on computers with emotional analysis software.
The system is able to gauge a person’s mood by plotting the position of facial features says founder Mihkel Jäätma and by employing algorithms to track the change of eyebrow, mouth, or nostril alignment they can calculate the mood of the person being observed. Now add eye-movement tracking and the system will be able to tell which display ads were overlooked or which were studied for any period of time. more... 10/25/2011
Torch cams to give masses views from Lady Liberty (google.com)
Lady Liberty is getting high-tech gifts for her 125th birthday: webcams on her torch that will let viewers gaze out at New York Harbor and read the tablet in her hands or see visitors on the grounds of the island below in real time.
The five torch cams are to be switched on Friday during a ceremony to commemorate the dedication of the Statue of Liberty on Oct. 28, 1886. The ceremony caps a week of events centered around the historic date, including the debut of a major museum exhibition about poet Emma Lazarus, who helped bring the monument renown as the "Mother of Exiles."
The statue, designed by sculptor Frederic Auguste Bartholdi, was given by the French government to the U.S. as a token of friendship between the two countries and dedicated by President Grover Cleveland. more... 10/24/2011
World's highest Webcam could use a Sherpa (news.cnet.com)
No, the world's highest Webcam doesn't belong to the pot-loving @Qwikster Twitter user who's giving Netflix fits. It can be found gazing out onto the far reaches of Mount Everest.The Webcam sits on Kala Patthar, a mountain in the Himalayas, at an altitude of more than 18,000 feet. This vantage point gives it a clear and spectacular view of Everest's western face--when conditions are right.
A recent view of the Webcam showed a gray mass with a vague outline of Everest visible. more... 10/22/2011
Exclusive Views of John Lennon Imagine Peace Tower Revealed (newsjunkyjournal.com)
EarthCam, the world’s premiere webcam network since 1996, announced that, starting October 9th, it will be webcasting unmatched views of the Imagine Peace Tower in Reykjavik, Iceland. This tower was commissioned to commemorate the life of John Lennon, who would have celebrated his 71st birthday on October 9th. more... 10/10/2011
Webcam neurologists treat rural stroke patients (thestar.com)
Dennis Gordeyko was feeding cattle on his ranch near Camrose, Alta., when he realized he couldn’t move his right arm to pull a hydraulic lever. Then his hired hand noticed he wasn’t talking properly and his face was drooping.
What followed was a mad rush to hospital, a diagnosis of stroke and the speedy administration of clot-busting medication.
Gordeyko was treated at a Camrose hospital. The neurologist who treated him remotely via video and data hookup was in Edmonton. more... 10/5/2011