Home security systems cost quite a bit. Some of us just don’t have the money to shell out, especially this time of the year where home invasions and home burglaries are a lot higher than any other time of the year because of the holiday seasons. You know, people’s gifts, people breaking into people’s houses to steal their gifts and stuff. We don’t have the money to get a home security system.
What if you can turn your old smartphones that you have lying around into a home security camera? That’s what this app does right here. This app is called Alfred. It’s pretty nice. Now when you first set it up, it’s gonna ask you two questions. a) Is this smartphone going to be the Viewer or the Camera?
As you guys can see right here, I have my Warp Elite set up as my camera. It’s pretty much doing its thing right now, streaming video, connected on my home WiFi. I can place this anywhere. I can try and make it inconspicuous in an area where the angle will capture my entire bedroom. And then when I’m away from home, I can be in the Viewer application as you guys can see right here. You can have multiple rooms set up, so you have multiple phones connected. Place each phone in a specific room. That way you can pretty much watch your whole house.
As you can see, this camera is not connected, but this one is right now. This is the Warp Elite, so I know the Warp elite is in my room. So I can pretty much click it to preview what’s going on. I do have the volume down because right now since both devices are close to each other, there is a massive amount of feedback. I don’t know if you guys want to hear that right now.
There are several things you can do with the Viewer app. Well I shouldn’t say it like that because it’s one application. You just choose whether the phone is the Viewer or the Camera. So let’s just say Viewer mode. That’s better. There’re several options you can do. Right now I am getting a constant feed of what’s going on. This bottom button here with the camera, you can actually press and hold that, and it’s going to record a clip that you could share. Let’s do that right now. As you guys can see, it’s beginning to record a clip. Let’s do another two seconds. Now I have my clip. A preview window’s gonna pop up. I can click that, and I can replay the stream. You can see the stream is actually quite smooth, so there it is. I can share that to Facebook, I can create a link for people to download the video and watch, or if I click these three dots here I can share either by email address, Google drive for safekeeping, Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Snapchat… You guys get the gist of it.
So here’re all the demo clips I made, testing this out. Anyways let’s go back and let’s watch the stream real quick. Just so you guys know this is still in beta, so there are about one to two kinks. This is probably the only problem I find with this app. When you actually record a clip and you try to go back into the stream, it tends to just really kind of mess up. Let’s come out and go back in again. Now it works.
So, as you guys saw, it showed the battery life of my Camera. I don’t have it on the charger but normally I do. That way, it doesn’t run out of power. Now this right here, the microphone button. If you see somebody in your house and you want to spook them or whatever, you can do so. Just talk. It’s actually feeding to my phone. Guess you heard the feedback there. You can actually do that.
Couple other things you can do from the Viewer mode: you can switch it from landscape to portrait mode, you can reverse the cameras, switch it out, you guys can see it’s actually shooting at my roof right now. And switch it back to the rear camera. Also, it does have Night Vision. If I turn off the lamp at my desk, go ahead and turn on Night Vision, which doesn’t work all too well. Still need some source of lighting, and that’s what the next tab here is for: flash. Turn my flash on and there you go. Now I got everything. So you do have night mode. You’ve gotta have some light there. It won’t actually pick up everything straight up in the dark. And you can activate your flash by hitting the flashlight button, and that will stay on. As you guys can see, flashlight’s on, off, back on, there it is.
So there’s some pretty cool stuff you can do with this. Basically the whole idea of it is you know, keeping an eye at home when you are not at home to make sure there is no one in your house. And it’s awesome like I said you can have multiple Cameras all going off at once, and you can just monitor each area. And besides the fact you can use it as a home security system, it’s also pretty cool you can kind of use it like a video baby monitor. So say you know you have a new addition to the family, a baby boy or a baby girl, you want to make sure everything is OK while you are downstairs doing the dishes or something, you’re gonna have one of your old smartphones pointed at the bassinet or the crib for keeping an eye on the baby. Of course you have audio to listen to it, so if the baby cries, you can hear it. You can hear it cry. Also, just to make sure that everything is copacetic.
This is really cool. There is so much you can actually do with it. You can use at home, you can use this at your place of business. It’s a phenomenal app. I really dig this application. I definitely recommend this. Sure there is a little slight kink when you are actually recording a video, so you can capture video and you have that for evidence, or for whatever purpose. But you know, in general, it does what it is supposed to do. It is supposed to, you know, basically, monitor your home. It’s doing that quite well.
I truly love this application. I really do. I actually used it today, going out and about with my family to celebrate my son’s birthday. He turned 10. And I wanted to keep an eye on the house, so I set up different smartphone around the house, and had them all on and connected to chargers so they wouldn’t run out of battery. Pretty much it was like watching my entire house. Cool stuff.
Anyways, guys, that’s pretty much it for this video, this demo of the application known as Alfred. It’s completely free in the Play Store, which is also great. It does have some ads at the top but hey you know what, no biggie. That’s what it’s supposed to do. So if you guys enjoy this video, let me know by clicking that thumbs-up button. Subscribe if you have not for featured content like this. And let me know you guys’ thoughts and opinions on this application, and you’ll see me in the next one. Bye.
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