webcam definition World-Wide Web, hardware, video
(World-Wide Web camera) Any video camera whose output is available for viewing via the Internet
or an intranet
. Typically a webcam would be a slow-scan CCD
video camera connected to a video capture card in a computer. Images from the camera are captured periodically and made available on a web page. In 1999 there are hundreds of webcams in operation around the world showing everything from bedrooms to traffic.