Related link: http://www.nokia.com/nokia/0,,63911,00.html
I’m a big fan of standalone network cameras; I use them to keep an eye on my house and dog. Although I’ve tried using webcams that are attached to, and driven by, a computer I just prefer the small-size, quiet operation, and general niftiness that network cameras offer. I have both wired and WiFi netcams, but of course find the wireless model more convenient because it’s easier to position and less intrusive with its minimal wires. (It does still need a power supply, after all.)
So I’m pretty intrigued by the new Nokia Remote Camera. Like the cameras that I already have, it can send a snapshot via email when triggered by motion or other sensors. But unlike any other camera, it operates on the GSM network. That means you can install this camera anywhere, provided that you have cell coverage. It even has a battery so it can operate when the power goes out, unlike cameras that rely on network routers for their connectivity.
The Nokia Remote camera also has a larger-than-usual image size (1152 x 864) and sports an infrared mode and built-in infrared illuminators so it can snap pictures during the night. There’s also a temperature sensor and the ability to generate a graph of the last day’s worth of temperature data.
On the downside, its not accessible via a web browser. You can control it remotely with a Series 60 Nokia phone, but that’s no substitute for regular HTTP access to the camera’s images. But more significantly, at least for me, is that the camera needs its own SIM card and cellular account. Unless T-Mobile and other US carriers introduce rate plans specifically for these special devices, deploying the camera, no matter how cool it would be, is likely to be too pricey for most home automators. What a shame.
Thanks for the link, All About Symbian.
What do you think? Are you willing to spring for yet another cell account, just for a camera?