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Android App Perch Turns Your Phone Into A Home Security Camera

Perch isn’t the only app that does this, but it looks like the most user-friendly on the Play Store at the moment. Install Perch on one of your spare phones or tablets, point it towards whatever you want to monitor, like the front door or a baby crib, then log into You can see a live video feed from your phone’s camera and set up some smart settings, specifically the ability to assign a custom monitoring zone in a grid. When that zone changes, you’ll get a notification on your phone and the time will be tagged in the recording. The phone will continue to record with the screen turned off to save battery, but of course you can just plug it in and make it semi-permanent.



The service is free, but it’s a bit rudimentary right now – you can’t even log in with a Google account. That’s not surprising, considering the app and service are in beta at the moment. But it’s still surprisingly well thought-out; you can access multiple video streams from either the web or another phone, something that most dedicated home security systems don’t offer yet. You can even “talk” through the phone to communicate with anyone in your home (or mess with your pets). Give it a try if you have a spare Android device that you need to put to use.


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