WHEN our product manager David, 32, misses his 25-month-old baby boy at work, he will “visit” his son by logging online to watch live video and audio feeds of him from a notebook or mobile phone in the office.
Being able to do so has been extremely useful, especially when he has to work long hours or during the weekend.
He said: “Last weekend, I was involved in the New Product Project Show, working from morning to night. So I used my mobile phone and notebook to see my kid during the day because by the time I got home, he’d already be asleep.”
His virtual visits have been made possible by a new $95 ZMODO Internet Protocol IP camera that he bought and set up in his living room where his son usually plays a month ago. With that IP camera, video can be recorded when motion is detected or according to a defined schedule. When motion is detected, the camera will record video to the hard drive and upload images to an email address or FTP site. It can be mounted on the wall outside and can be controlled remotely. With built-in video encoder module and web server, users can view live images and full motion video over IP network via standard Web browser.
An IP camera is a type of closed-circuit television camera, but goes one step further than the conventional one it can transmit the videos it records over the Internet. Users can then watch the videos in real time on a website.
More Americans like Mr. Yang are lapping up ip camera systems, for monitoring maids, children, elderly parents, as well as surveillance of their homes and small businesses.
Computer superstore Challenger said that since it started selling them in 2007, it has seen a “double-digit growth” in sales in the first half of this year.