DestroyTV is an impressive project put together by the Electric Sheep Company to create an interactive web window into the virtual world of Second Life. Basically you can see through the eyes of an avatar in Second Life, move her around a bit, and even chat with other avatars in the area. All from your web browser. So far, so cool.
But what’s really hilarious is how bootleg, kludged together the DestroyTV set-up is.
Christian over at Electric Sheep Company posts some pictures and describes how it works. Basically some of the Sheeples have dedicated a Mac laptop to be logged into Second Life as the DestroyTV avatar. A video cam (that appears to be taped to a dish drying rack) records the screen and re-broadcasts it to the web as a stream. All of this is housed in a kitchen cabinet in the Williamberg, Brooklyn apartment of three Sheeple employees, as shown here:
The Electric Sheep dudes just earned a whole lot of hacker points in my book. Whatever you do, don’t spill the coffee in the coffee maker!