Taking care of what's important to you and keeping an eye things can be a stressful experience to say the least. Sure, you can buy a CCTV kit and set up such a system relatively easily but, that takes time and hassle. Camcloud offers a simple, low-cost and effective method to monitor using any webcam you have connected to a computer or laptop. Here, we're going to take a look at the Android app that allows you to connect to these cameras and get an up-to-the-minute view of what's going on where you have that camera positioned.
Description: If you haven't heard of Camcloud, it's an online service that allows you to set-up cameras to monitor your home or small business with little to no hassle. You can set up a camera in minutes, for as much as it costs to buy a regular webcam. There are a number of price plans to add more cameras, and it's all quick, easy and low-cost. Here, we're looking at the Android app that allows you to connect to the cameras you have set-up and get live updates, as well as playback recordings. Take a look at the video below for a quick explanation on what Camcloud does.
How it Works: First of all, you'll have to register an account and get started with Camcloud on the web. To found out how to do that (it's really quite quick) head on over to their website here. Once you have your cameras set-up online, you can go ahead and download the Android app from the Play Store, all you have to do then is sign in with your account:
Once you've done that you'll see your cameras in a list:
Swipe to the left and you'll see your recordings, which are mostly triggered when Camcloud detects motion. This is a great feature because, let's say you go on holiday and you log in using this from the Hotel, you can check to see what's been happening while you've been away:
The best part of the app however, is the Live View section of the app. You can quickly choose a camera and see what's going on, let's take my PC Camera in my room for instance, I can go ahead and check what's happening in real-time:
There's nothing going on but a cheeky Android hijacking my chair. However, the live capture is a great feature and combined with the recordings you could be able to catch on film something a lot more serious. When you add up how little Camcloud costs for a paid plan, it's instantly worth the money.
Opinion: I live in a rural village of England, so I feel relatively safe most of the time but, if I were to live in a city or a run-down area, I'd feel pretty unsafe right away. Being able to keep an eye on things would certainly take a weight off of my mind. In the home I can see some great uses for this, as a more advanced baby monitor for instance, or just a way to keep an eye on a certain room when you're out or away from the house. It's easily set up and you could repurpose an old laptop and webcam and still get decent quality results.
- Speed (5/5) - Setting up Camcloud is super-easy from the web and the Android app is as simple as logging in and selecting a camera.
- Features (4/5) - It might seem like a small feature but, Camcloud executes really well here on the web and especially with the Android app.
- Theme (4/5) - Camcloud's Android app is a good example of a simple, easy to use Android app. More apps should be like this.
- Overall (4/5) - If you're already using Camcloud, the Android app is a great addition, and if you're new to it, the Android app makes it all the more worthwhile.
- Quick and easy to set-up for new users, just log in with your account on the Android app.
- Good app design that follows Holo design guidelines.
- Live feed from webcam is good quality (depending on your webcam).
- Works well with Nexus 7.
- Camcloud free is quite limiting.
- Android app is a little basic, but simplicity is the aim here.
Conclusion: You can't expect miracles from Camcloud, either the app or the service overall, as it does depend on connection speed but, it's incredibly simple to set-up and the Android app works just as you'd expect it to, which is the main thing. Camcloud itself is a great way to keep an eye on your small business or your home without investing in a full camera system and it's a good way to recycle old webcams and laptops. The Android app allows you to connect from wherever you are and get a quick look at what's going from your cameras without any hassle at all. If you're a big fan of Camcloud, the Android app is a great addition and for new users is a great way to keep an eye on things.