Inspired by the fact that I had to move into a new office without street view I started missing the luxury of shifting my focus from the screen to the street life outside. This gave me good minutes to think over many mail replies I was compiling. But facing the back yard the best I could spot were colleagues across the other side, picking their nose. Not very inspiring, eh?
An idea is born
Honestly speaking, I can’t remember when and where exactly the idea of carscount.com was born, but it must have been one of those evenings out. Anyhow, a solution had to be found and a traffic webcam was the answer. Discussing this with friends over a beer or two (or more) it also started to make perfect sense (or not, but that is the fun part) to count the cars passing in case you really want to waste time. We had a good laugh chucking ideas into a think tank, but I couldn’t let go.
It started as a joke, but the more I thought about this rather pointless idea, the more I grew confidence: I cannot be the only one on this planet, who would appreciate such solution – there must be more of us…
After some web research for similar ideas it appears that this not the first of its kind, but it is the first with this approach. It actually took a while to find a really good live stream with a proper motion picture and the idea got almost buried as most webcams provide still pictures every sort of minute.
Putting it together
Some may call it a coincidence, but I call it a sign, when one of my facebook buddies posted something about watching the Volvo Ocean Race. Me, who doesn’t have a TV and shares the passion for sailing, started to search for a live stream on the net. And as things are coming together I didn’t get the Ocean Race, but I found a traffic life stream in the US. Unfortunately that stream was not suitable since it flicked cameras every 10 seconds and showed highways; by far too much street action for this simple undertaking.
However, inspired by the live stream I did a new research and – bingo – what you see on the home page hit my eyes. Perfect setup, fluent picture, good variety of vehicles, not too much action and even street sound: bulls eye and the rest is history!
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