05. 30. 2007
TeddyCam - Baby Monitoring System
Alright, when I first got this TeddyCam Baby Monitoring System, which is just as cute and cuddly as it looks in the photo, my first thought wasn't of spying on a nanny, the purpose for which I believe this was originally intended. No, I was thinking I could spy on my husband in the home office or watch my daughter and her friends in her room. But I'm a better person than that (but not by much apparently) so I gave it to my neighbor, Stephanie, who has a beautiful baby boy, Carson.
She reported that it was an easy set-up,and since there are no wires between the TeddyCam and TV, she could monitor her baby on the TV, without hassling with wiring. (A built-in 2.4GHz transmitter sends video signals to the receiver you connect to your TV.)
Since the bear is outfitted with an advanced baby monitoring system (the camera is in the nose) you can relax in your living room with a huge image of your little one on the big-screen TV and the TeddyCam fits perfectly in with all the other stuffed toys in the nursery.
Because it's a wireless system, you can use the TeddyCam in any room of your house, so long as there's an AC outlet nearby, and a TV within 100' to 300' (range varies, depending on the layout of your home).
The TeddyCam is built with a 1/3" CMOS black & white camera, with 582 lines of resolution and an incredibly low minimum light level of 0.5 lux - perfect for capturing images even in low-light situations, such as a nursery. It also includes a four-channel 2.4GHz receiver, complete with a directional antenna, as well as two AC power adapters and an A/V cable that connects between the wireless receiver and your TV.
My girlfriend was concerned that Mr. Teddy was warm to the touch, but here is what I heard back from Smarthome Category Manager, Brian McCullough about the TeddyCam:
It's OK for the TeddyCam to get warm but it shouldn't get hot to the touch. Electronics typically get hot and need ventilation. Due to the nature of the TeddyCam, the camera is hidden and thus enclosed. It's going to get warm because the camera can't exhaust heat easily. There is no danger.
Stephanie much prefers TeddyCam to her old baby monitoring system, and didn't seem to harbor any nefarious plans for the Bear.
And stay tuned to Popgadget because we're giving away one of these TeddyCams in an upcoming email (but you have to be an email subscriber to qualify, so sign up for your free Popgadget emails),
The TeddyCam is available at SmartHome now for $53.99 (normally $59.99).