Lisa Emily Batey
(born September 28
in Boise, Idaho
) is a lifecaster
who streams live as Nekomimi Lisa
. She is noted both for her extended interactions with viewers and for her pioneering innovations in this field. On Labor Day weekend in 2007, she began lifecasting from Japan
while simultaneously streaming live images from her apartment in Brooklyn
Batey was an early lifecasting pioneer at Oberlin College
as an original participant and director of content with the now defunct Fragments of a Hologram Rose and HereandNow, founded by Erik Vidal, the nephew of Gore Vidal
. Beginning February 1999 on HereandNow, Batey and her housemates acquired a Canon digital video camera, four Pentium III servers and a fractional T1 line and began to share their college life experiences via live, unedited 24/7 video streams. Unlike JenniCam
and other webcams of the time, HereandNow webcast video in better video quality via Windows Media Encoder
and was the first to stream both full motion video
In 2007-08, Batey occasionally read viewer's poems during her Bathtub Poetry sessions, a nearly decade-old tradition dating back to her segments on HereandNow. She departed from HereandNow in 2000 due to professional disagreements. HereandNow ceased broadcasting shortly thereafter. The Community still exists via a chatroom and Yahoo! Group.
In 2004 Batey had a minor role in an independent film. PDA Massacre.
Since the revival of her lifecast in mid-2007 on Justin.tv and Ustream.tv, viewers have been able to follow her through her days at work and evenings at home in Brooklyn, tending to two cats and an overgrown garden. On August 23, 2007, she streamed via an audience-controlled Surveyor SRV-1 robotic webcam called "Nekobot."
Batey is a New York state licensed and nationally certified massage therapist. After graduating from the Swedish Institute College of Health Sciences, she pursued lymphedema management certification through the Academy of Lymphatic Studies. She is an ASCA certified swim coach and active with Team New York Aquatics and the US Masters team at the Brooklyn Dodge YMCA.
In July 2008 she moved to Japan to teach English and absorb Japanese culture. She has written about this move in her journal.