Home Camera's secret sauce is being able to e-mail you when you're not there.You can have it send you an SMS alert, or an e-mail--both of which can link to the video or a snapshot.Home Camera (PC) This software runs a streaming video client that can be accessed from any computer with a browser.You can view either live video or snapshots that can be taken at intervals or on-demand.It can also play any sound on your computer, or start another program (such as a lock-down or keyboard locking application). You just have to have plug in the outgoing settings on Google's help page and it will send a high-quality screen shot of whatever motion it's captured just a few seconds after it happens.Using this with your phone's e-mail address will give you a live alert and a saved copy of all the shots in Gmail's sent folder.While this "pro" plan is free during Ugolog's beta period, the eventual free plan drops that storage down to 100MB per month.
At home this is more useful if you point it toward something like a door or entry way, which can keep it from picking up one of your pets moving around.
We're on the tail end of the summer vacation season, which according to the FBI is one of the peak periods of home burglaries. If not, there are a handful of ways to turn a computer into a tool that will alert you if someone's there who shouldn't be.