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5. Garage and Yard > 58. See Through Walls

See Through Walls

A portable wireless video camera, combined with a portable TV, provides remote viewing for times when you really could use an extra set of eyes.

X10 Corporation’s XCam2 (http://www.x10.com/products/vk45a_how.htm; $70) is a wireless color video camera that works by broadcasting its signal to a base station that’s connected to a TV, VCR, or PC video digitizer. It’s a handy device, but I’ve discovered a practical use that makes it almost indispensable for the home handyman.

I received an XCam2 battery pack for free (http://www.x10.com/products/x10_zb10a.htm; $20) when I bought the camera, but I hadn’t put it to much use. The battery pack connects to the camera and turns it into a portable broadcaster because you don’t have to find a power outlet for the transformer the camera normally requires.


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