Live 2 way webcam
The app may take a moment to connect (or it may take a couple of tries), but it should eventually display a view of the live stream if both ends have a decent connection.
The stream isn’t perfect—it’s choppy and full of blocky-looking artifacts when there’s movement on the other side—but it’s better than a non-HD webcam, and perfectly acceptable for basic home surveillance.
Home surveillance: It’s one of those things you probably don’t think about until you have to, like when you leave town for several weeks, or when you adopt a curious puppy who likes to put everything in his mouth.
Or worst of all, after you’re the victim of a home break-in.
For long-term monitoring, the app records five-second video clips whenever it detects motion.
This way, you don’t have to be constantly watching the stream to catch any action.
i Cam Spy (; Android and PC/Mac) is a little different from Presence: Instead of using two mobile devices, it requires an Android device for monitoring and a PC with a webcam and microphone for surveillance.
You can also dim the screen to help save battery life, though you should probably keep your camera device plugged in if you’re going to be streaming for a while.
To view your live stream on the monitor device, open up the Presence app and tap the camera device’s name under the “Remote Cameras” section.
But not all of these apps are worth paying for, and many require extra set up—such as disabling firewalls and downloading extra programs—on your part.
I tested several apps and found just two that are excellent at what they do and super easy to set up. Presence (free; i OS) can turn it into a Wi-Fi or cellular network-powered live streaming video feed that you can view remotely.