Monday, 26 January 2015

Cool gadget

This looks cool, Philips InSight Wireless IP Camera. I just ordered one to play with from eBuyer. I may post some details of what I think about it.

But, bugger, chilling effect. I am already thinking should I get this?

After all, based on what David Cameron says, it could be illegal soon, and I may have to hand it in to the police station when they do an amnesty day on illegal crypto products.

After all, it says "Encrypted direct networking for secure connection" in the description.

I wonder if Sale of Goods legislation covers a product "becoming illegal" during its lifetime...

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  1. That nearly seems to be the ideal camera for our "use case" - wireless, IP based, smallish, cheapish... Except it isn't wireless. Yes, it uses wifi - but it still needs a power adapter and cable (not shown in the pictures or description, but just mentioned in the "product spec") - I need a battery powered version...

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    1. Power seems to be nothing more complicated than 5V of USB power so just hook up your portable USB charge box of choice and you're set.

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    2. Any recommendations for one that would last for a few weeks? We ideally want to put a camera in our porch way so we can see if we get post - but rented property (so no drilling) and the porch doesn't have any power (annoyingly, it's the interior door to/from the porch that is a security/lockable door: the other door only has a chain).

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    3. I doubt there's any proper numbers to judge the camera's power usage (while someone's streaming, and while idle) so firstly borrow a regular portable usb charge box with a known battery capacity, likely given in mA/h. If you're lucky, it will be a very long and boring trial, and means you can buy a common unit like the EC Technology power banks (6000-22000mAh one are £15-30 on amazon). You may want to buy a pair of smaller chargers, as generally they're not designed to recharge very quickly, so you may prefer to swap packs more regularly, rather than have more runtime but no camera on the day you're charging it.

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  2. > I wonder if Sale of Goods legislation covers a product "becoming illegal" during its lifetime...

    Nice try :)

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  3. I wonder if "direct" networking means that it uses ad hoc, rather than infrastructure, Wi-Fi? I think that there was a tank-mounted camera in Maplin last year which looked so promising, as something which could be automated to move around the house and stream the footage back to zoneminder, but it was let down by the fact that it was ad hoc only (and without any obvious guidance available online about how to persuade it to behave otherwise).

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  4. Small print, "Viewing live video over your home Wi-Fi network using the In.Sight wireless home monitor is free and unrestricted. Viewing live video remotely (either over an external Wi-Fi network or 3G network) is also free for unlimited sessions, but subject to a limit of 5 minutes per session. Longer remote viewing session times and other premium features are available for purchase from the App. These conditions are subject to change."

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    1. Hmmmm, maybe all the video streams are going via a server? Hence why you can have "unlimited" streams perhaps?

      What happens in the future when Philips remove the server?

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  5. IP camera makes use of internet protocol for the transmission of video or images which are clicked by a camera or group of cameras through the internet. The captured data can be easily copied and saved through various computer programs thus preventing the need for video tools and extensive surveillance tapes. Most commonly the IP camera is simply referred to as internet camera.
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