Screen Shot of 2003 Christmas Webcam - version 2.3

Welcome to xmas_webcam at 2357 - webcam operational for another 3 minutes

Use the christmas webcam to view live images of a buncha christmas lights and also CONTROL them - i.e. turn them ON and OFF via your web browser! New this year is the christmas webcam has PAN and ZOOM capability that you can also control. The webcam and webcontrol demo are ONLY operational between 1700 and 2400 Mountain Time. Each web surfer can only update the webcam 10 times, change the lights 3 times, and play with the pan/zoom 5 times, withen 5 minutes - this limits the load on my server/Internet connection and I'm concerned about the christmas webcam being (ab)used too much and the blinking lights bothering the neighbors! ;-)

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Message for You have changed the christmas lights 1 times, played with Pan/Zoom 2 times, and updated the webcam 3 times

Sending commands to X10 controls:

Sending request to change webcam Bearing from 195.3 to 190.0 ... confirmed new camera Bearing of 190.0 degrees (true)
Sending request to change webcam Elevation from 12.0 to 10.0 ... confirmed new camera Elevation of 10.0 degrees
Webcam field of view is ~180-200° (Bearing) and 2-18° (Elevation) ... Waiting for webcam update ... still waiting for webcam update ... retrieving image ... got it!

Querying other X10 Sensors (read how these work) :

Temperature is 19.2°F ... Rain Gauge read 0.00 inches so far today ... Humidity is 92% ... Pressure is 30.81 inches Hg ... Wind Direction is 139 and averaging 4.8 mph with gusts to 9.1 mph ... Garage Sensor indicates garage is closed ... Ground-Motion-Cam did not detect anyone walking around ... Road-Cam did not detect any cars ... Sky-Motion-Cam detects possible airplane sighting around Bearing 205° (but may be right of the webcam field-of-view) ... Sky Sensor detected a BUNCH of stars - probably light clouds ... Total house amperage load currently 28.3 ... Steady-State voltage is 117.8 Volts

Change Zoom:     1.0     2.0     3.0     4.0     5.0
Change Lights:     2        3        4        
<=== Click anywhere on the image to re-center webcam with changes

The "ONLY Update Webcam Picture" does not pan/zoom the camera, nor does it change the lights - it only asks the webcam to "reshoot" the picture. While the lights themselves won't change (unless someone else is playing with them at the same time - a REAL possibility by the way!), what you may see is an occasional car drive by, people stopping to gawk at the lights, our garage opening, etc. Use the controls below to pan/zoom the camera and turn the lights ON & OFF.

Email Santa if you see anything 'interesting' and I'll add to the webcam cool pictures page! ;-)

Control the Webcam - Pan & Zoom it!

Setting        CHANGE         Default       Range   One-Click Change
Bearing190.0175.0 - 205.0          
Elevation 10.00.0 - 20.0          
Zoom 1.01.0 - 5.0          

You can PAN the webcam - i.e. move it to the left/right and/or up/down. The bearing shows the (true) compass heading, so lower numbers slew to the left and higher slews to the right. The elevation is the verticle angle of the webcam - higher numbers are up. The webcam also has a ZOOM feature - i.e. take a closer look at something. The easiest approach is simply clicking on the image where you want the webcam to move to or you can use the arrows to slew the camera 5° in the selected direction or use the +/- buttons to zoom-in/out by 1X. Finally, here are some special buttons that will cause the camera to zoom in tight on the topic of interest:

Control the Lights - turn 'em ON & OFF!

X10 ZONE                       Current         Change to
(RPS 'THROW')StatusON     OFF
1ON  -          -
2 (ROCK) ON        
3 (PAPER) ON        
4 (SCISSORS)ON        

The current state of the X10 zones is shown to the left. Also look at the picture above and the light count/amperage table below. Then simply toggle a zone (or zones - you can do more than one) to whatever you want, and then hit "Change Light Setting" which will send X10 commands to change the lights, and then refresh the picture ... and hopefully not annoy my neighbors too much!

X10-Zone       Amps   Lights    Description - red means it is ON
   1            0.2        7    Driveway lights
   1            0.7      200    Two Red Bells
   2            2.6      600    Garage blue lights, mailbox
   2            0.3        6    Santa Bubble light by front door
   3            5.5     1300    Baby Tree and Burnt Out!
   3            0.2       25    Candy Canes on upper deck
   4            1.5      450    Chimney
   4            3.3      950    Upper Deck icicles and Stars
 TIMER          0.2       25    Downstairs Bell in window
 TIMER          0.2       25    Upstairs Lantarn
TOTALS         14.7    3,588

Questions/comments/whatever about the christmas webcam - send Santa an Email which I'll include in a public forum for all to see