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Here's how you do it. Download an app that will upload pictures when motion is detected. My favorite iOS app for this purpose is MDC Free (MDC stands for "motion detection camera"). It's easy to set up the app to upload any motion-detection photos to Facebook — but shared only with yourself. There are many apps in Google's Play Store for Android and Apple's App Store for iOS that you can choose from. Some send pictures via email. Others post them elsewhere. It's a good idea to download a few highly rated ones and try them out. Once you've got an app you like, change your phone's Auto-Lock feature (which turns off your phone after a certain number of minutes) to Never, so your phone doesn't go to sleep. Set up each iPhone, iPad or Android device you want to use so that it's plugged in and the camera is pointed at the room, door or area you want captured if someone comes in. Make sure you test it a few times. And you're done! While you're away, if anyone comes into your house, you'll not only be notified, but you'll have pictures of the crooks and evidence of their crime.

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sylviag added this to sylviag's ideas
March 4, 2015
Info re. Apps
vilitan added this to security info, products
September 18, 2013
Check these apps
Shirley added this to Other
August 12, 2013
Home security
katpur24 added this to home security
August 6, 2013
Turn a Smart Phone Into a Security Camera One way to keep your home safe is to set up motion-detection security cameras. Unfortunately, these can be expensive, especially if you need them only once or twice a year. My favorite trick is to use old smart phones and tablets for a free and effective security system. All you need is a device capable of taking a picture, connecting to the Internet and running apps. If you're like some gadget enthusiasts, you've got a box full of them somewhere. Here's how you do it. 1.Download an app that will upload pictures when motion is detected. My favorite iOS app for this purpose is MDC Free (MDC stands for "motion detection camera"). It's easy to set up the app to upload any motion-detection photos to Facebook — but shared only with yourself. There are many apps in Google's Play Store for Android and Apple's App Store for iOS that you can choose from. Some send pictures via email. Others post them elsewhere. It's a good idea to download a few highly rated ones and try them out. 2.Once you've got an app you like, change your phone's Auto-Lock feature (which turns off your phone after a certain number of minutes) to Never, so your phone doesn't go to sleep. 3.Set up each iPhone, iPad or Android device you want to use so that it's plugged in and the camera is pointed at the room, door or area you want captured if someone comes in. Make sure you test it a few times. And you're done! While you're away, if anyone comes into your house, you'll not only be notified, but you'll have pictures of the crooks and evidence of their crime.
peterdm added this to peterdm's ideas
July 17, 2013
security
Linda Cannady added this to ldcannady's ideas
June 30, 2013
turn smartphone into security camera
jbwellinghoff added this to jbwellinghoff's Favorites
June 30, 2013
Apps to make iPhone into camera
up4mud added this to products
June 23, 2013
cool way to have security cameras
rajanbrar added this to partition
June 22, 2013
software for phone
bethel added this to bethel's ideas
June 20, 2013
oh wow
Jennifer Goodman added this to jhousergoodman's ideas
June 19, 2013
great use for old smart phones
lizevans added this to lizevans's ideas
June 4, 2013
security for old smartphones and ipads...
smwood added this to NEW exterior
June 2, 2013
camera/security apps?
lacroix29 added this to Miscellaneous
May 22, 2013
Motion Detector App
c21real added this to c21real's ideas
May 14, 2013
smart!
lissaellen added this to lissaellen's Favorites
May 13, 2013
Useful for the traveler.
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May 12, 2013
Download an app that will upload pictures when motion is detected. My favorite iOS app for this purpose is MDC Free (MDC stands for "motion detection camera"). It's easy to set up the app to upload any motion-detection photos to Facebook — but shared only with yourself. There are many apps in Google's Play Store for Android and Apple's App Store for iOS that you can choose from. Some send pictures via email. Others post them elsewhere. It's a good idea to download a few highly rated ones and try them out. Once you've got an app you like, change your phone's Auto-Lock feature (which turns off your phone after a certain number of minutes) to Never, so your phone doesn't go to sleep. Set up each iPhone, iPad or Android device you want to use so that it's plugged in and the camera is pointed at the room, door or area you want captured if someone comes in. Make sure you test it a few times. And you're done! While you're away, if anyone comes into your house, you'll not only be notified, but you'll have pictures of the crooks and evidence of their crime.
tjay33 added this to tjay33's Favorites
May 11, 2013
Motion detection
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May 7, 2013
Turn a Smart Phone Into a Security Camera One way to keep your home safe is to set up motion-detection security cameras. Unfortunately, these can be expensive, especially if you need them only once or twice a year. My favorite trick is to use old smart phones and tablets for a free and effective security system. All you need is a device capable of taking a picture, connecting to the Internet and running apps. If you're like some gadget enthusiasts, you've got a box full of them somewhere. Add to ideabook Here's how you do it. 1.Download an app that will upload pictures when motion is detected. My favorite iOS app for this purpose is MDC Free (MDC stands for "motion detection camera"). It's easy to set up the app to upload any motion-detection photos to Facebook — but shared only with yourself. There are many apps in Google's Play Store for Android and Apple's App Store for iOS that you can choose from. Some send pictures via email. Others post them elsewhere. It's a good idea to download a few highly rated ones and try them out. 2.Once you've got an app you like, change your phone's Auto-Lock feature (which turns off your phone after a certain number of minutes) to Never, so your phone doesn't go to sleep. 3.Set up each iPhone, iPad or Android device you want to use so that it's plugged in and the camera is pointed at the room, door or area you want captured if someone comes in. Make sure you test it a few times. And you're done! While you're away, if anyone comes into your house, you'll not only be notified, but you'll have pictures of the crooks and evidence of their crime.
mb7948 added this to mb7948's ideas
May 7, 2013
Old tech gear repurposed
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May 7, 2013
turn Smart phone into security camera.
vickip555 added this to vickip555's ideas
May 6, 2013
motion detector cam from your old phones
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May 6, 2013
Security
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May 6, 2013
security
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May 6, 2013
Security cameras and apps
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May 5, 2013
may try
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May 5, 2013
iPhone Security apps
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May 5, 2013
Apps
Julie DeGroot added this to julie_degroot's ideas
May 5, 2013
awesome idea's
Gloria Godfrey added this to gloria_godfrey's ideas
May 5, 2013
Use of phones
stressed502 added this to stressed502's Favorites
May 5, 2013
old iphones for motion detectors
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May 5, 2013
When traveling
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May 5, 2013
Ideas for security
triajay added this to Security camera locks
May 5, 2013
door lock/unlock remotely motion detector iphone camera door bell voice
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May 5, 2013
ap ideas
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May 5, 2013
security ideas
gepesz added this to gepesz's Ideas
May 5, 2013
Good idea.
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May 5, 2013
Security camera
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May 5, 2013
Home Security
Susan added this to eskygirl's Ideas
May 5, 2013
Amazing idea for old phones
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May 5, 2013
Motion detection app
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May 5, 2013
Outbox actually sends someone to your house three times a week to pick up your mail, so you don't have to officially change your address. The company then scans it and puts it online for you. A simple check box unsubscribes you from anything you consider junk mail. If there's mail you actually do want, you can check another box, and it will be redelivered to your house. And all this for only $5 per month. Right now the service is available only in San Francisco; it had a limited trial in Austin, Texas. The company plans to announce additional cities in the future. Turn a Smart Phone Into a Security Camera One way to keep your home safe is to set up motion-detection security cameras. Unfortunately, these can be expensive, especially if you need them only once or twice a year. My favorite trick is to use old smart phones and tablets for a free and effective security system. All you need is a device capable of taking a picture, connecting to the Internet and running apps. If you're like some gadget enthusiasts, you've got a box full of them somewhere. Add to ideabook Here's how you do it. Download an app that will upload pictures when motion is detected. My favorite iOS app for this purpose is MDC Free (MDC stands for "motion detection camera"). It's easy to set up the app to upload any motion-detection photos to Facebook — but shared only with yourself. There are many apps in Google's Play Store for Android and Apple's App Store for iOS that you can choose from. Some send pictures via email. Others post them elsewhere. It's a good idea to download a few highly rated ones and try them out. Once you've got an app you like, change your phone's Auto-Lock feature (which turns off your phone after a certain number of minutes) to Never, so your phone doesn't go to sleep. Set up each iPhone, iPad or Android device you want to use so that it's plugged in and the camera is pointed at the room, door or area you want captured if someone comes in. Make sure you test it a few times. And you're done! While you're away, if anyone comes into your house, you'll not only be notified, but you'll have pictures of the crooks and evidence of their crime.
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May 5, 2013
Security
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May 4, 2013
Dectector
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May 4, 2013
App ideas
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May 3, 2013
Great idea!
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