LCC GMD : Supergraphics countdown

I have just finished helping the current final year of the London College of Communication, Graphic & Media Design course set up a countdown to hand in.

The program is powered with a mixture of Adobe Air, php+mysql and a bit of CRON for good measure.

The Adobe Air app runs in the background on the desktop, then every 5 minutes the camera turns on, takes a snapshot and uploads it to the server. If the user isn't logged in a php script is called  (via CRON) to create an offline image.