The co-opticon: Shared access to a Robotic streaming video camera Conference Paper uri icon


  • The "co-opticon" is a robotic pan, tilt, and zoom streaming video camera controlled by simultaneous frame requests from remote users. Robotic webcameras are commercially available but currently restrict control to only one user at a time. The co-opticon introduces a new interface that allows simultaneous control by many users. We will demonstrate the implemented system using a Java-based interface at the conference linked via the Internet to a camera on the UC Berkeley campus. We will also discuss system architecture and several new algorithms we've developed to compute optimal camera paramters based on user frame requests. The co-opticon can be tested online at:

name of conference

  • Proceedings of the Eleventh ACM International Conference on Multimedia, Berkeley, CA, USA, November 2-8, 2003

published proceedings

  • Proceedings of the ACM International Multimedia Conference and Exhibition

author list (cited authors)

  • Song, D., & Goldberg, K

complete list of authors

  • Song, D||Goldberg, K

publication date

  • December 2003