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How to monitor your coffee maker with appear.in (blog.appear.in)
6 points by ingridode on Nov 28, 2013 | hide | past | web | favorite | 3 comments

This is awesome because it takes the webcam's story full circle. This is why the webcam was invented (kinda): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trojan_Room_coffee_pot

This is cool, but if you had a webcam in the first place, why not just stream it on the local network?

appear.in seems to be exactly the same a vline.com, or perhaps it's the other way around(?).

I kind of thought they were the same service for a second, but when I tried visiting vline.com again it was not redirected.

They seem to be offering the exact same service using WebRTC, facing the same problems of browser compability.

It will be fun to see how they both evolve.

It all comes down to the model being fairly obvious for WebRTC based video chat systems I guess. Copy, paste and appear without login and registration is the core strength of WebRTC, and there are a lot of services similar to this. I think the service that wins going forward is going to be the one that can differentiate, not in the core user model in itself, but create real user retention for the product, without breaking that core model. Monetization is also a huge issue which needs to be solved.

Bias warning: I work for appear.in.

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