How to Secure Your Home with an iPod

July 24, 2014, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Worried about what’s going on at home when you are away? Planning to set up surveillance at home? It is easy, in fact.

If you are having an iOS device, the process becomes even easier as Manything, an app developed by a British startup has the capability to turn your iOS device into a security camera!

The app allows the users to connect their iOS device with home automation devices such as Belkin’s WeMo, Google’s Nest and Philips Hue lightbulbs.


Choices can be set to view the live streaming video or to jump to segments where motion has been detected. Sensitivity thresholds and motion detection zones can be setup individually and the footages can be monitored from anywhere using the Manything app or through a desktop browser.

All you have to do is to power up your iOS device, be it an iPhone, iPad or iPod, with the Manything app. Register and login and select the option of “record using this device on the device” which you want as the camera.

The video could be monitored from any other iOS device using the “view my device” in the app on the second device.

As Manything already has its own IFTT channel, usage of this has enriched the app to provide with many more features which can be integrated to other circuit systems like fire or smoke alarm.

It also adds the customizability of the motion sensing to be specific to areas. The cloud service for the videos costs at different prices depending on the requirement of the video footages with pricing being higher for supporting playbacks from multiple devices which can be up to five.

Even with the cost for the cloud services, it seems convenient for those who require a lighter surveillance who doesn’t opt for other home automation security systems, which may cost around $200 for the camera alone.

Here’s a CNet video that explains the process.

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