Back in late 1995 I heard about the internet from a college friend Ivan Parron during a conference he was giving. Later I thought, “What a great way to market the Elbo Room worldwide”.
Next, I found a team that knew what the hell the internet was and I hired them to install a beach camera and build a website. By March 1996 we were live and The Elbo Room became the World’s First Live Steaming Internet Camera in a commercial establishment in the World.
It worked so well and brought so much attention I figured I should know how this works and 2 months later bought my first computer!
March 24, 1996 Elbo Room is World’s First Live Cams! – Chicago Tribune (text from archives)
March 7, 1997 Showing Live Beach Cams – USA Today (actual paper)
March 13, 1997 Fort Lauderdale’s Cyber Bar – Boston Globe (text from archives)