I work at home. My wife and I are usually downstairs, and our two little girls sleep upstairs. And we often want to see how they’re doing when they’re upstairs:
- Are they asleep or awake? We wonder this (1) shortly after we put them down for naps or for bed, (2) periodically while they are supposed to be sleeping, and (3) when we anticipate them waking up.
- Are they OK? We may wonder this if we hear a strange noise or hear them crying or simply want to check on them for peace of mind—whether they’re playing or supposed to be sleeping.
We used to creep upstairs as silently as we could and crack open a bedroom door to check on them, but often this would wake them up.
- Wireless. We wanted to mount it in our children’s rooms, where there are no computers, modems, or routers.
- Streaming. We wanted to easily stream the video on a computer (Mac or PC), iPhone (or other web-enabled smartphone), iPod Touch, and iPad—whether connected to the Internet via our home WiFi or another way when away from home.
- Day/Night. We wanted a clear picture regardless of the lighting in the room.
- Audio. We wanted the option to hear as well as see what’s happening.
- Secure. We wanted the video to be password-protected.