Traffic webcams

I’ve been thinking again about some visual research I encountered during my Everything Is Connected project (which is still unfinished). As my theme was around transport connections and roads, I originally looked at online traffic webcams, which keep a (generally) up to date live image feed of motorways. I found it interesting how they run without human contact, almost abandoned and forgotten about, and may not be viewed for months, but still fill a purpose to be available at any time. I experimented with some of these feeds on a blank Google site, which created a strange collage of static images that altered upon each refresh. The general tone of images would also change depending on the time of day.

Unfortunately I don’t think it would be possible to keep a website with live webcam feed images as the URLs are regularly changed, due to Crown Copyright I’d imagine.

M62 J8

Disappointed that I’m going to miss the next project brief tomorrow for Beyond the Boundaries (I have a Pure Data workshop), I’m going to try and recreate the trip along the Thames that’s happening at the weekend.

Update: After visiting Chriss blog, it appears Ben Fry of all people has created something a little similar to my project theme in 2006!

All of the streets in the lower 48 United States: an image of 26 million individual road segments. No other features (such as outlines or geographic features) have been added to this image, however they emerge as roads avoid mountains, and sparse areas convey low population.


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