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Darkling Cruft (an eye on dangerous)

For, you know, nuncle,
The hedge-sparrow fed the cuckoo so long,
That it's had it head bit off by it young.
So, out went the candle, and we were left darkling.
—King Lear, Act I:IV

This cruft program updates every hour, capturing images from surveillance cameras watching the streets of New York City. An auto-generated animation is created which seems to obscure specific details as it also focuses the viewers attention on new shapes and colors.

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In the U.S. the first commercial closed-circuit television system became available in 1949, called Vericon™. Very little is known about Vericon™ except it was advertised as not requiring a government permit.

The system called Vericon™ requires no government permit.

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Popular Mechanics, February 1949