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I had a chat with Armory Cam founder (and friend) John Ganotis about the inspiration behind this idea and where it’s going next. John: The inspiration actually came from some friends who were over and looking out the window on a Saturday night.
This was a common occurrence on the weekends since I moved into this apartment in June because there’s usually great people-watching out this window.
This is a side project for all of us, so progress is generally pretty slow and fueled by in-the-moment inspiration or things breaking.
We have been working on other performance improvements, as well.
If you’re aware of various happenings in Armory Square, there’s probably at least a small chance you’ve heard something about Armory Cam.
The site ( is an extremely simple one page featuring a live webcam at the corner of Clinton and Walton Streets along with local weather data.
The camera uploads a photo to an FTP server every second, and then the website loads the photo from the FTP server every second.
It still has some issues with dropped frames, so he’s working on adding a buffer.
It’s actually connected with a Belkin We Mo Insight switch so I can reboot it remotely if the hardware goes down.My roommate Brian, a partner at Rounded, built the basic setup we have now using an Amazon Web Services instance.The camera points down Walton Street and gives a surprisingly high quality view into what’s going on downtown.It’s especially fun to watch on weekends when Armory Square is busy with bar-hoppers.
In January someone finally mentioned the idea of a camera, which I had never considered before, so I went on Amazon and ordered one right then.You can find out more about the history on my blog. There are probably better options, but this one was not as expensive, was available with Amazon Prime, and seemed to be enough to get the job done.