Turn an old iPod touch or iPhone into a WiFi security camera

Summary:A free iOS app turns any iDevice into a free, wireless security camera that records and streams video via the cloud and allows you watch it remotely in real-time.

Turn an old iPod touch or iPhone into a WiFi security camera - Jason O'Grady

I take my family's physical security very seriously and as a result, I'm a big fan of remote monitoring and home automation.

I previously used ArcherFish Solo cameras but have since replaced them with DropCams – and I can't wait for Canary to go into production. I also dig Twine, NestHue and innovative trackers like Tile , Fobo and Trackdot.

Back to cameras for a second though. The problem with them is twofold, 1) the hardware can be expensive, and 2) there's a recurring cost for the service. But you're in luck, I've got the answer to both problems and you can have a wireless, network-enabled camera for nothing, at least while it's in beta. 

Manything is an innovative new service that turns your iOS 5+ device  (including that old iPod touch or iPhone collecting dust in a drawer) into a free WiFi video camera. The Manything iOS app (free, App Store) records and streams video via the cloud to your manything.com account and allows you watch it remotely in real-time, view recorded sessions and make and share clips.

Compatible devices include:

  • iPhone 3GS, 4, 4S, 5
  • iPod Touch 4th and 5th generation
  • iPad 2,3,4
  • iPad mini

If you have an unused iOS 5 device around, that solves problem 1 above. The second problem (the recurring fee for the service) is also covered because the Manything service is free during the beta period. After that, pricing for the storage is reasonable: 1GB is free, 3GB is $3 per month, 10GB is $8 per month, and 50GB is $15 per month. 

The service includes:

  • Live monitoring
  • Sound & movement detection
  • Unlimited devices
  • Clip sharing

A great use for an old iOS device that you might have laying around. 

What do you use for security cameras? 

Topics: Apple, Apps, iOS, iPad, iPhone, Security

About

Jason D. O'Grady developed an affinity for Apple computers after using the original Lisa, and this affinity turned into a bona-fide obsession when he got the original 128 KB Macintosh in 1984. He started writing one of the first Web sites about Apple (O'Grady's PowerPage) in 1995 and is considered to be one of the fathers of blogging.... Full Bio

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