I cannot call this a review because I have NOT tried the product myself. However, I did attend a webinar last month for this new VueZone wireless webcam that’s being marketed to pet families as a way to monitor pets when you’re away. That includes, I’d guess, trying to decipher dog behavior problems that crop up.
Say, for example, Lilly’s sudden interest in the trash.
- The cameras are wireless and can be mounted pretty much anywhere (including outside if you get little protective covers for them).
- You don’t have to download any software or drivers.
- Only you (or people you invite) can log-in and see what’s going on (via either computer or smart phone).
- It has the option to record at certain intervals or upon motion in the 300-foot range (if you get the motion-detection cameras).
- You can start with a single camera and hook up to 15 cameras into one system.
A few things that made me wonder …
- The cameras use CR123 photo batteries, which sound like a pain to me. (I don’t know how expensive or hard to find they are.)
- They are not meant to be broadcasting 24 / 7. VueZone instead expects users will log in for just 5 minutes or so at a time, throughout the day.
Currently, you can only buy VueZone systems from the company itself or Amazon. The start up systems retail for around $160 – $@232, depending on how many and which kinds of cameras you want.
Bloggers who attended the conference call were entered to win a system for themselves and one to give away to readers. And, the first two who blogged about the product also won a system to keep.
FYI ~ I never heard who won.
Because I set the editorial calendar for the blog at least a week in advance (often more), I knew I wouldn’t be one of the first to blog about it, but I kind of hoped I might win the other way and maybe be able to give one of you a neat prize.
Alas, not the case.
So, I’m telling you about it because the product does intrigue me … not only for checking on pets and behavior issues, but for possible use for webcam-based events for blog fans.
For example, if I ever wanted to do a virtual “reading” or book event, maybe select folks could log in and watch.
I know there are other options out there for such web conferencing, but I think it would be fun to be more self-contained.
So, there you go … if you were looking for some wireless webcams, check these out.