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Witness turns Mac into motion-sensing security camera

updated 03:15 pm EDT, Wed March 30, 2011

Delivers photos, video to web and iOS

Orbicule has launched Witness, new home security software for the Mac. The utility relies on a Mac's webcam to provide motion detection; when motion is observed, the app begins recording stills and video. The media is then sent to a person's iPhone or iPad. The alarm can be configured and monitored remotely via either a web app or a free iOS app. Both are said to provide instant alerts.

Local access to a computer can be safeguarded either with a lock screen built into Witness or a passworded Mac OS X screensaver. When a system is successfully unlocked, the alarm is automatically disengaged.

Witness requires Mac OS X 10.6. It is now available at a standard price of $39, or in a student license costing $29.






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  1. facebook_Colin

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    Joined: Mar 2011

    +2

    Nothing new, but still very cool

    This is nothing ground-breaking in terms of security systems. This is just bringing it to the masses for cheap in a very tempting package.

    Makes me wish I had a spare Mac with a camera, and something to watch.

  1. climacs

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -2

    why

    would I use a Mac as a security camera? I mean, if I happened to have one in my office and it never left my office, I guess that's a good use for this. But that seems like a very expensive camera otherwise...

  1. herojig

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -1

    Bad Feng Shui

    Not sure how this would work in any of my offices, as all mac cams are facing users, and not doors or open space. If your cam is facing a door, that means u have your back to it while using the computer, and that can't be good for you...defies Asian logic.

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