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iBaby monitor offers swiveling baby-watching action

iBaby monitor offers swiveling...
iBaby is an iPhone-controlled baby monitor, which can be remotely panned and tilted
iBaby is an iPhone-controlled baby monitor, which can be remotely panned and tilted
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iBaby is an iPhone-controlled baby monitor, which can be remotely panned and tilted

People like their smartphones and, well, they also tend to like their babies – so, it shouldn’t come as a big surprise that we’re seeing an increasing number of baby monitors that transmit live video to parents’ phones. Recent examples have included the Smart Baby Monitor and BabyPing. The iDevice-based iBaby is the latest such system, although it’s notable in that instead of just offering a locked-off shot, the camera can be remotely panned and tilted.

Besides its motorized base, iBaby also features infrared night vision, an alert system that notifies users whenever their little one moves or cries, a photo capture feature, and two-way audio that allows parents to listen, talk and/or sing to their baby. Additionally, up to four different users on different devices (iPhone, iPad or iPod touch) can access the video/audio feed at once. Connectivity is via WiFi or an Ethernet cable.

Using the interface on their mobile device, users can pan iBaby 350 degrees, or tilt it up to 70 degrees. Of course, if the baby is confined to a crib, all that camera movement might prove unnecessary. The company, however, suggests that “babies” could also include dogs or cats – essentially, anything that users might want to check up on.

iBaby is currently listed on its own website as “coming soon,” at a price of US$199.95.

Source: iBaby via 7 Gadgets

4 comments
Stan Sieler
It's nothing new ... not even remotely. I've been using a similar capability camera from Toshiba for close to a decade. (A Toshiba IK-WB11A ... pan/tilt/zoom, all poorly implemented :) When looking at cameras like this, the key question to ask is: how "open" is the video feed? Do I have to use a proprietary web site if I'm accessing it via a PC/Mac, or can I host my own server?
Ed
@Stan, more than likely, it is it's own webserver. IP cameras like this have been out for decades. I have more than a dozen throughout my house and yard...several of them pan and tilt and some even do zoom. They all have their own built-in webservers that allows you to access the images, or video from any browser. Most of these cameras rely on either activex or java on the client side of things
Alan Thompson
yeah i got one of these, it basically didn't work. the quality of the screen was awful and the night vision was practically pointless. not worth it.
anbr
I've been using the Annie Baby Monitor app instead of this one because the annie app works not only with wifi but also with 3G and in our house wifi sometimes just doesn't work :( and whats more.. paying $200 for a baby monitor is unduly. I paid it $4!!!!!