SPYING ON THE WORLD THROUGH A CYBER-LENS
WANT TO CHECK TRAFFIC conditions on the Brooklyn Bridge before setting off for work? Or how about a look at the weather? Is snow falling on Mt. Fuji? Maybe a soothing glimpse of Lake Tahoe. Or the offbeat? Want to watch an ant farm or a school of piranha at feeding time?
Think of it as the ultimate Internet site for cyber-voyeurism. Video A Go-Go Entertainment Systems in Hackensack, N.J., has put together EarthCam, a directory of sites featuring live video feeds and frequently updated still shots to the Web. The database--there are 1,000 links listed so far--can be searched by keyword, location, or category, such as business, education, travel, entertainment, and, of course, the weird-and-bizarre.
The site, http://www.earthcam.com, is free. Video A Go-Go is working with corporate advertisers and sponsors to set up promotional video links. For example, the Virgin Megastore in New York's Times Square will soon have a video camera in the record store feeding shots of in-store events and customers to the Web.
Meanwhile, Video A Go-Go hopes that consumers will tune in for local weather and travel conditions. The company's directory already includes several local TV stations that have weather cams hooked to the Web, and traffic cameras on well-traveled thoroughfares could provide the latest road conditions for commuters.
EDITED BY IRA SAGER
Updated June 20, 1997 by bwwebmaster
Copyright 1996, Bloomberg L.P.