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11. Mobile Multimedia > Monitor the Real World

Monitor the Real World

Use the phone as a baby monitor, a webcam, a home intrusion detector, and even an obstacle detector for the blind.

With their camera and sound recorder, our mobile phones can extend our eyes and ears to places we cannot reach. Compared with a regular voice recorder or web camera, the mobile phone is always connected to the network, and hence is always accessible. In this hack, I’ll discuss some innovative software solutions that turn your phone into a multipurpose audio-and video-monitoring device.

Baby Monitor

Psiloc’s Baby Care program turns your Nokia Series 60 phone to an audio monitor for infants. You can place the phone in the baby’s bedroom and activate the program. The phone monitors the sound level in the room. When the baby wakes up or makes noise, the phone will automatically call or send a Short Message Service (SMS) message to a specific number to alert you so that you can come and check on the baby.


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