Proving that no place on Earth is safe from the ever-gazing eye of the Internet, researchers have installed a webcam pointed at the 29,000-foot peak of Mount Everest.
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.
According Mobotix, 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)