Started in 1991, the first webcam, called the CoffeeCam, was pointed at the Trojan room coffee pot in the computer science department of Cambridge University. This webcam is now defunct, as it was finally switched off on August 22, 2001. The final image captured by the camera can still be viewed at the webcam’s homepage.
The coffeemachine has then been bought from Spiegel Online for 10.452,72 DM and repaired for free by Krups and can now be viewed here:
The oldest webcam still operating is FogCam at San Francisco State University, which has been running continuously since 1994