A startup called Koozoo rolled out an iPhone app today that invites anyone to join the company’s quest to build a network of livestreaming cameras–initially just in San Francisco and Austin, Texas–with the idea that, eventually, you’ll be able to check out camera views all over your city, too (assuming enough people start using it).
I’ve been testing it out for several days, and while it’s a neat idea that seems to work decently well, I’m baffled by it. Unless you’ve got an amazing view, why would you want to stream it for all the world to see? And unless you know there are lots of cool things to watch, why would you spend time checking out various live cams? Also, while some people do have an old smartphone lying around that they can use for continuous, fixed video recording, most of us don’t, which means you either need to let your current smartphone sit idle to catch a good view, or just stream in little spurts.