By Erica Guevara, the Baby Gear Mom
Here’s a handy extra set of eyes with a very easy set up. Even non-techy people can handle it! Dropcam is a video surveillance system that connects easily to your computer. Plug it into an outlet, and your computer router and done! The internet-based system allows you to monitor wherever you position the camera, and you get decent resolution and good video quality. Use it as a baby monitor when he/she is napping. Keep on eye on Fido when you’re away at work. Monitor your castle when on vacation! Dropcam works on PC and Mac.
I really like Dropcam’s surveillance on-the-go feature. You can have it transmit the images directly to your iPhone or Android. Talk about convenient! It also allows you to set up motion-detected text alerts; great if you’re heading out of town for a few days. The palm-sized system is light weight and compact enough, you can also tote it around in a pinch. The surveillance camera itself weighs only about 3 ounces.
With Dropcam, you store and record the images on a secure server. You then have the ability to determine who gets to see that video. Find it for $200 at www.dropcam.com. Want to hear what you see? The Dropcam Echo is your option, if you want to have audio capabilities – and yes, that also works on your phone. The Dropcam Echo is $280.
Erica Guevara is a busy wife, mom of 3, writer and creator of babygearmom.com. You can email her at EricaGuevara@woaitv.com.