Dec 12

Treecam is back

Posted by Matty

The treecam is live for another Christmas Holiday. If you want to get right to it, head over to and get started. You’ll need to type in guest as the user name and password to gain access. It should work on most modern browsers and smartphones.

The setup this year is about the same as last year, with the addition of a ticker that displays the location of the ten most recent visitors. It’s been cool to see people stop in from all over the globe! This was fun to code, and works by looking up the IP address of each visitor after they log in.

This year has been fun. Evie and Kaylee have both spent time playing in front of the camera, interacting with friends and family. Something new this year… I’ve been occasionally activating the microphone, so that family can hear Evie sing holiday classics like “Restless Sloppy Dog” (Feliz Navidad). The microphone only works in IE currently, but I may try to reverse engineer the activex control to bring the same functionality to other browsers.

We decided to use our old artificial tree this year, since Max and Lola both are actively trying to knock it over every night. Every morning, Nanc or I gather the fallen ornaments, and try to piece the tree back together. Hopefully next year we’ll be able to use a live tree again.

Since the resolution of the camera isn’t great, here are some snapshots of the different items that you can interact with.

Happy Holidays, Everyone!

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