Turns out Webcams are useful for more than chatting with your friends and workmates. In a story reported by the Associated Press, a son, living in the Philippines, saw his mother lying motionless on her living-room floor in California through a Webcam. The son in the Philippines phoned his brother in Norway who was able to alert authorities in California.
The brothers were able to watch the paramedics rescue their mother, and she's now recovering at a California hospital.
We've touted the usefulness of Webcams for keeping in touch from across the globe, and on occasion, their usefulness in keeping an eye on things when you're not around, but this story gives that idea a whole new meaning.