As a few of you know I quite like my gadgets, so when I saw that Apple were selling a cctv
system you could access directly from you iPad/iPhone/iTouch I had to get one.
First things first, although being sold in the Apple stores it's not an Apple device, it's made by a company called Stem and to use the camera you do need to download their free app.
Now I already have cctv
that is recording 24/7. and I have webcams that can be logged into, but there are always costs getting a fixed IP and they're not the easiest (for the non technical) to set up, so I was interested how this would be different.
It was a doddle, download the app, log in to the camera using the app, then give it the password for your router... done.
It doesn't need a computer, doesn't need to be plugged into the router (it's wireless) and it's so small can pretty much go anywhere.
It has a dome type stand you can either screw to the wall/ceiling/desk or just leave freestanding, and the camera itself is cylindrical with a magnetic concave base, so you can point it anywhere using the stand.
You can can log into it wirelessly, and watch as long as you want to, or remotely and watch for 5mins before you have to log off and back on again, for another 5min.
The picture is colour and it also transmits sounds.
It has lots of extras such as you can set it up to record (to YouTube) and notify you if it detects movements or sounds above a certain level.
There is a real-time delay of about 20secs, which can be fun when you're setting it up
and the software can freeze. The other thing is that they hsve put the controls for another device (an alarm clock) that they do in the same app, and you have you have to scroll each time to pick which one you want. Just make two apps, please.
In the future the company intend to add the ability to watch continously but it will be charged for, they are also looking at removing the time-delay, but the freebie version works well (apart from the points mentioned).
They're a nice design and I think for someone that wants to remotely watch home or business without having to get the local geek in to set up your cameras they're ideal. iZON