One of my friends who is expecting a baby very soon asked me if I knew anything about cameras or baby monitors that could work with her iPhone. I told her I was not that familiar with them but would try and get a few of the popular products to review. Recently BabyPing sent us their Wi-Fi baby monitor for us to do a review on.
In this review I will go over the positives and negatives of the BabyPing Wi-Fi baby monitor and explain why it is one of the best baby monitors on the market today. First off, having a newborn baby is a major change in your life and you want to make sure everything is perfect so that you can take the absolute best care of your child. Having a baby monitor tied to your cell phone makes your life that much easier. Since almost everyone has a cellphone with them or within a few feet at all times of the day, integrating the baby monitor into the phone makes perfect sense.
Nobody likes to carry multiple devices, this is why we have seen the smartphone evolve into one of the most important devices in our lives. It has replaced PDAs, calculators, portable gaming systems, and much much more, combining them all into one device. Just as Apple says, “There is an app for that,” there really is an app to monitor your baby at all times and from anywhere in the word.
Since I do not currently have a baby at home that I needed to monitor for this review, I decided to setup the camera to watch our dogs who are basically our little babies. I opened the package which was very well designed and everything was very well organized. Inside the box you will receive: the BabyPing camera, a power adapter with US/UK/EU adapters, a monitor stand, 1m network cable, cable clips, mounting screws & feet, as well as easy to follow instructions.
If for some reason you are having a hard time with the instructions, you can always jump onto the BabyPing website and watch their tutorial videos. I am guessing most people can figure it out because setup was super easy. All you have to do is download the BabyPing application from the App Store, plug the Ethernet cable into your router, plug the power supply into the wall and camera, and then follow the onscreen instructions.
At first I was expecting the app to find the camera via Wi-Fi, but soon learned that you had to plug the Ethernet cable into your router and then it would save the Wi-Fi settings to the camera. If I would of read the instructions first I would of caught this. Overall setup took only a few minutes and the video feed was live.
Inside the app you have a few different options including a SmartFilter and Night vision. The SmartFilter, when set to on, allows you to only hear you baby crying and will filter out other loud sounds. If you set the SmartFilter to off, you will hear everything. With this feature, you can now sleep comfortably since the device will just alert when your baby has started crying.
Also within the app settings is the ability to set Night vision to Automatic, always on, or always off. Having control over the Night vision is a great feature as you may have a darker room but do not want the camera to automatically switch over to Night vision. Speaking of Night vision, this camera provides an amazing image with Night vision off as well as on. It can be completely dark in the room and it will look as though a light is still on in the room.
I do want to mention that the BabyPing app that you download from the App Store will only work on your Wi-Fi network. If you want to view the camera from anywhere in the world or share the video feed with Grandma and Grandpa, you will have to download the app BabyPing+. This will allow you to set up a secure password and you can limit the access to certain people keeping your camera secure.
Currently the applications work on all iOS devices that I have tested, but they have not been optimized for the iPhone 5. The BabyPing+ application works just fine, but seems to be a bit buggy. I am sure the developers will have an updated copy out soon, so this should not deter you from purchasing this camera.
One of the best features of the BabyPing application is that you can monitor your baby and still use your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch at the same time. You can exit out of the app and it will continue to run in the background. If there are any errors with your connection or camera, you will get a push notification so you can immediately check to see what is wrong.
The only issues I had with the BabyPing Wi-Fi Baby Monitor is that you must have reliable internet access. If you have a weak wireless signal you will want to run a network cable directly from the camera to your modem/router. When using the application to watch video, you will want to be aware that there will be a slight delay due to network speed. It is a very slight delay, but something you should be aware of.
Overall the BabyPing Wi-Fi Baby monitor is an excellent choice for those who want to stay connected to their baby and not have to worry about extra devices and for those who want the ability to monitor their baby from an iOS device. It is great for parents who are at work and want to check-in to see how baby is doing with the spouse or babysitter. With the Instant Connect feature, you can keep in touch with your baby anytime you want.
BabyPing – Secure Wi-Fi Baby Monitor for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch works over 3G, 4G or WiFi is currently priced on the BabyPing website for $199.99, but you can get it onsale right now via Amazon for $179.99. This is a must have app for parents and I would highly recommend it. Once your baby is grown up and out of the crib, you can use the camera to monitor your house or find other uses for a Wi-Fi camera. It is definitely worth the investment and should be on the top of your baby registry list if you are expecting parents.
There is not a thing that can ever compare to the joy and happiness that the presence of a baby can bring to one’s life. Parents will always want to see their bundle of joy every now and then just to make sure that he or she is safe. What better way to do that than by using a Wi-Fi baby monitor.
Sparking Apps has created a ton of great apps that we have already reviewed. Today we got to check out their newest app called Talking Goggles – a camera with speech. The technology in this app just blows my mind. Just snap a picture and this app will tell you exactly what it is and get you as much information on it as possible.
Talking Goggles is good with recognizing logos, books and (famous) faces. It can also recognize and translate foreign texts, but that is a lot more tricky. When it recognizes a product, you will get a price comparison for that product when you click on the description.
When you first launch the app you will notice a very familiar setup. Just press the camera button to take a picture, the video button for video, the flag for languages, and the lightning bolt for flash. Snap a picture and Talking Goggles will instantly tell you what it is or it with display the message: “No close image matches found.”
When you switch to video mode you can constantly record a video and when it recognizes something within the video it will give you information right on the screen.
Not only will Talking Goggles help you identify information just by a picture or video, but it can be a handy app to carry around while shopping. Just take a picture and let Talking Goggles find the cheapest price for you.
Talking Goggles – a camera with speech is a steal at just $0.99 on the Apple App Store. This app could easily sell for $2.99 or even $4.99. I am just amazed that software can analyze a picture or video within a matter of seconds and get it correct. Go Check it out! You will not be disappointed.
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So I got asked by a friend which baby monitor would I recommend that works with their iPhone. I found 3 of the most popular models to compare and take a look at.
Baby monitors for iPhone are becoming popular nowadays. But, with the different brands that offer such gadgets, it is hard to figure out which item would benefit you and will be worth the value of your money. Each of these are around $200-$250. To give you an idea on which baby monitors for iPhone are the best, here are some of the popular monitors available in the market today:
Withings Smart Baby Monitor allows you to monitor your cute, little angel from anywhere using your iPad, iPod touch or iPhone. Its three megapixel and wide angle camera offers you high resolution and clear pictures of the room of your baby. With its virtual zoom, pan, and tilt technology, it will let you navigate your baby’s room by just touching your screen. Another highlight of this baby monitor for iPhone is that it can let you talk to your baby while you are watching him or her on your screen. You can even sing him or her lullabies. If your baby cries or fusses, it delivers automatic alerts.
With BabyPing Secure Wi-Fi baby monitor, you can watch your baby anytime and anywhere. This award winning gadget will give you the best features. Using this device, you will know if you baby cries as it will alert you even you are out of your house. Unlike other baby monitors, it is easy to set up and can be used within several minutes after you have set it up. This baby monitor is not just a baby viewer as it has features that you won’t find from traditional baby monitors.
Wi-Fi Baby 2.0 is a baby monitor model which is small and sleek. It has been updated a few times and the 2013 model is the best! When compared to its older version, it features audio and video alerts on iPad, Android, iPhone, PC or Mac on Wi-Fi or 3G or 4G anywhere. It also highlights new powerful chipset, uses less bandwidth for recording, built in DVR with a microSD slot, thirty LED lights for night mode, and many more. If you like to hear your baby’s voice, this baby monitor is equipped with microphone which eliminates white noise. This means you will only hear what is important in the background of your baby’s room. When it comes to apps, you can zoom, receive alerts, and take a snapshot of your baby.
Among the mentioned baby monitors for iPhone, all of them are considered as winners as they are all equipped with quality and advanced features that would help you monitor your baby while you are in another room or not at home. However, the decision is yours, but before you choose and purchase one item, make sure that it matches features you are looking for and fits on your budget. If you don’t know which can benefit you, know your desired features for baby monitors so you could easily pick the ideal item that would worth your money. Buy a baby monitor today and keep an eye on your baby all the time.
I am hoping to get a few samples from the different manufactures to do a more in depth review with photos and videos. I will update this post with updated review links when they are complete.
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Ok guys I just got iColorama for iPad and let me tell you this is an AMAZING piece of software. iColorama is one of the best photo editors I have seen for the iPad.
iColorama is that last step for all of the photos you take. Just take a picture, open iColorama, enhance colors, and apply many filters and image settings until you are satisfied and then SAVE & SEND.
iColorama offers a ton of effects and almost all of them have individual presets to quickly adjust your image. You can also fine tune the effect with a swipe of your finger and choosing the brush you want to use. The included effects include:
Enhance, Pastel, MatchColor, Bleach, B&W, BW&Color, Duotone, Tritone
Blend, Vignette, Noise, Light, Blur, Denoise, Sharpen, Multi, Gradient
Sketch, Simplify, Painterly, Edges, Flated, Halftone, Pixels, Hatches, Engraves
High, ToneLab, Vibrance, Saturate, Exposure, Channels, HDR
Warp, Flip, Straight, Deforms, Glass, Waves, Escher, Tiles
If there was one thing that I wish they could add or change would to have a user guide or introduction video showing you how to use all of the features. Even though that app is very easy to use, some people may get overwhelmed with all of the options available and what they do. The best method to use would be just trial and error. Keep clicking on things until you achieve the right look.
Once you have the desired look of your picture you can save it back to your camera roll or post it on some of the popular social media sites like Flickr, Facebook, Twitter and Tumbler. You can also e-mail or MMS your friends and family as well.
iColorama is currently priced at $1.99 and is a steal at that price. This app should easily cost $4.99 or $9.99. If you are looking for the iPhone version they have that priced at $1.99 as well, and they even offer a free trial version. You should grab a copy now at this low price before the developer decides to raise it up.read more
Snap Clap, developed by Dávid Šproch, is a very neat iOS application that lets you snap a picture by just clapping your hands together.
This application is very easy to use and offers a ton of great features. I was able to attach my iPhone onto the tripod and set the wait timer between 2-6 seconds. After I clapped a nice picture came out that I was able to quickly crop and then publish of Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, or E-Mail. I did have to adjust the sensitivity so that it could correctly hear me clap, but that was just a simple slider I had to move in the settings menu.
There are a few features that have been left out that we would like to see in the next update. Even though you can share your pictures, there is no way to save your pictures you took with Snap Clap directly to your camera roll. Also from what I have experienced, once you crop a picture there is no way to save the original and the cropped version and there is no way to undo the crop.
Overall This is a very neat app and I would definitely recommend it. If you are in to taking family photos or use a tripod with your iPhone a lot, this is the perfect app to have. It is available for just $0.99 on the Apple App Store.
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