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SmartThings adds Dropcam WiFi camera to smart home

SmartThings adds Dropcam WiFi camera to smart home

Wireless security camera Dropcam has scored SmartThings integration, feeding live photos to the smart home app, as well as triggering home automation devices when movement is detected. Part of SmartThings' Labs open beta, Dropcam cameras can be used both as triggers or outputs in a DIY smart home setup, including automatically capturing a cluster of photos when someone opens the front door.

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Remote webcam activation without warning light confirmed: Johns Hopkins

Remote webcam activation without warning light confirmed: Johns Hopkins

Researchers at Johns Hopkins University have positively confirmed the long-discussed ability of government entities and private parties to remotely activate a webcam without the warning light turning on. While this privacy vulnerability has already been anecdotally admitted by a variety of sources, this research is the first time it has been proven by an established public-facing organization. The results were published last week in a paper entitled "iSeeYou: Disabling the MacBook Webcam Indicator LED".

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PetChatz “Greet and Treat” webcam helps you interact with pets online

PetChatz “Greet and Treat” webcam helps you interact with pets online

PetChatz is a web cam that lets you interact with your pet on a number of levels from anywhere in the world. Install it over a wall outlet, secure it to a stud, connect it to your home WiFi, fill it with treats and a special scent, and you're set to go. The device was conceived as a way to reduce pet owner separation anxiety, but its maker Anser Innovation also claims it makes for healthier, happier pets.

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DoorBot WiFi video doorbell hands-on

DoorBot WiFi video doorbell hands-on

Does your doorbell need WiFi? DoorBot thinks it does, and the company crowdfunded its way to production having convinced enough backers that $199 wireless video-streaming door furniture with a companion iOS app was an essential part of the smart home. Now, with the first units shipping out, we caught up with DoorBot to try out the camera ourselves, and find out why soon the cloud might be keeping a record of your every caller.

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TRENDnet lax webcam security prompts first FTC action on connected home devices

TRENDnet lax webcam security prompts first FTC action on connected home devices

The Federal Trade Commission has made its first ever action against a maker of connected everyday devices, TRENDnet, for what it says is lax security despite promises stating otherwise. TRENDnet makes a variety of wireless webcams, connected home security cameras, and other such devices that connect to the Internet, devices that the FTC states left consumers' personal feeds open to public eyes.

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Researchers create virtual therapist with webcam and game sensor

Researchers create virtual therapist with webcam and game sensor

Researchers with the University of Southern California Institute for Creative Technologies are working on a virtual therapist that appears lifelike and is aimed to help those who need some type of counseling but aren't yet ready or able to see a live worker. In addition, the digital shrink, because of the way it is designed, can be used to monitor the minute details of a person's body language over time, helping a live counselor monitor progress.

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