Watch a live stream of the BP oil spill on your mobile device

Posted by Knowlton Thomas

Want to get up close and personal in Gulf of Mexico without getting your hands slicked with BP oil?

A live stream was unveiled today and is viewable on watchtheoil.com, on your web browser, iPhone, or iPad (no app download required). Supported through hosting at ServerBeach (a division of PEER 1 Hosting), a workaround was created through the compilation of a series of still images shown in quick sequence to allow the mobile Apple audience to view and share this live video. The live stream captures "what most people have seen by now," a sea floor oil gusher that continues to release an estimated 20,000 barrels per day (give or take who knows how much).

"We are really excited about the ability to provide live streaming of the oil spill directly within Apple mobile browsers, with no download necessary," said Assaf Rozenblatt, founder of Supercook.com and creator of watchtheoil. "Not only does watchtheoil help bring a broader awareness of the disaster to the world, but it's another leap in technology innovation, bringing the accessibility of the Internet to mobile devices."

"It is a pretty significant accomplishment to think that anyone with an iPhone can watch, real time, the live troubleshooting of an oil well leak which is a mile beneath the surface of the ocean," said Robert Miggins, Senior Vice President of Business Development for ServerBeach. "[We] fully support our longtime customer Assaf Rozenblatt who runs [it] - this is a great example of an entrepreneur who made something happen on his own despite the barriers he faced. And it is a great example of how technology can be used to mobilize audiences to action."

ServerBeach encourages viewers to retweet and repost watchtheoil.com to keep the disaster top of mind among mobile audiences.

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Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton is the managing editor of Techvibes. Based in Vancouver, Knowlton has been published in national publications and has also appeared on television and radio. Previously he was an editor for New Westminster weekly The Other Press and served on its board of directors. When not working, Knowlton enjoys playing tennis, hiking, and exploring weird side streets. more



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