Solar-powered webcam installed near Mount Everest
World's highest peak can now be viewed from the comfort of your personal computer.
Fri, Sep 30 2011 at 12:32 PM
A high-definition Mobotix camera, powered by a single solar panel, smashed the previous record holder for "world's highest webcam" by a full kilometer, residing at a dizzying 18,618 feet above sea level. According to reports, the technology will function in temperatures as low as minus 22F and will record live images during the daylight hours from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nepalese time.
“We've set a record today for the highest webcam, and the Mobotix technology is allowing some beautiful, scenic pictures from the top of the highest mountain in the world,” Mobotix Asia Pacific Director Graham Wheeler told news.com.au
, scientists plan to use the camera to learn more about how climate change is impacting the mountain, matching data received wirelessly with that of the Everest weather station.
From your laptop to the big screen, it's also been made official
that action director Doug Liman ("The Bourne Identity," "Mr. and Mrs. Smith") has signed on for Sony Picture's "Everest." The film, an adaptation of the book "Paths to Glory," will tell the story of George Mallory and his ill-fated attempts to be the first to scale the world's highest mountain. "Up in the Air" co-writer Sheldon Turner is penning the script.
Want a live glimpse (depending on the time of day in Nepal) of Mount Everest now? Jump here
A snapshot from the webcam during daylight hours. (Photo courtesy of Mobotix)
The opinions expressed by MNN Bloggers and those providing comments are theirs alone, and do not reflect the opinions of MNN.com. While we have reviewed their content to make sure it complies with our Terms and Conditions, MNN is not responsible for the accuracy of any of their information.