The SECuRET applications are all based on technology that was originally developed for webcams with the intention of being applied to security solutions. As it was all written in Java, it seemed like a good opportunity to port the code to Android in an attempt to get the product ‘out there’. The code for SECuRET fell neatly into 3 products; SpyCam (motion triggered camera application), LiveStream (a wifi-streaming camera appication) and one that could only be done on a phone, RemoteControl (camera application controlled by SMS). Essentially, all 3 SECuRET applications are cameras that allow you to observe, record and monitor events without having to be in direct physical control of the camera.
Now, although the original concept was as ‘security-type’ applications, it was very clear to me at an early stage of development that as it was going to be running on a phone, there could be many more uses ... some that could genuinely help people and some that are just downright mischievous!
So, what are some of the uses I have come across so far? Myself, the most bizarre thing I have used SECuRET LiveStream for is to spy on our guinea pigs when we first got them. One of them was getting bullied (poor old Cecil, centre in the photo above), but every time we tried to get close to them to watch and find out who was responsible, they would scatter back into their huts. So we set up the phone running SECuRET LiveStream and pointed it at the hutch and left the room. We then used the laptop to view the stream from the phone and could see clearly which guinea pig was bullying Cecil – it was Huxley (right in the photo above)!! There's no way it could have been long-haired Desmond (left in the photo above) - he's far too cool to be a bully ;)
Some of the others I have heard of are:
- Spying on the squirrels in the attic;
- Monitoring sheds on a farm;
- Monitoring a car – and it actually caught someone trying to break in!
- Security camera for a house – and again, it caught someone coming in the front window!
- Spying on brothers/sisters;
- Keeping an eye on misbehaving children;
- Baby monitor;
- Help detect deers when out hunting – not sure I designed it with that in mind!
- And my absolute favourite ... ghost hunting!!!
So what do you use the SECuRET camera applications for? Please feel free to write about it in the comments section ...