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Smartphone-controlled surveillance camera lets you keep eye on home and pets.

Washington, Oct. 11 ( ANI ): A surveillance camera, not for the NSA purpose, but for regular people, allows people to keep an eye on their homes, even when they have left for work or vacation and also on their pets, when they get a naughty to literally put the house on fire, with a smartphone controlled app.

Dropcam cameras, launched in 2009, are used to catch burglars, monitor cats and dogs and live-stream county fairs.

The cameras sense motion and sound and send alerts when it detects something moving around or making noise and with its Talkback feature, users can also talk through the camera, or yell at a dog to get off the couch, CNN reports.

The gadget also works in the dark and the videos recorded are private and encrypted by default, however, users can choose to make a stream public.

Dropcam recently unveiled a new version of its camera, the 199 dollar Dropcam Pro still streams 720p video, has an upgraded camera lens with zoom feature and a wider field of view to show more of a room and along with Bluetooth LE (low energy) support so it can connect to other smart devices in the home.

CEO and co-founder Greg Duffy said that he got the idea of developing the simple camera when his dad was trying to catch a neighbor who was letting his dog poop in his yard.

Duffy said that on an average iPhone and iPad users log in for more than five minutes in a day to watch their Dropcam streams.

The company offers a paid service, between 10 dollars to 30 dollars a month, to those who want access to the last seven or 30 days of footage, the report added. ( ANI )

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