Many people would like to have a webcam to watch something. Perhaps it is the front door of your home/office/cottage. Perhaps you have a newborn at home.
Webcams are coming bundled with all sorts of great features and very competitively priced.
The Foscam F18910W was recently brought to my attention as a really good deal.
This webcam has wireless B/G support. This means you only need to run power to where it is and no other wires required (e.g. cat5 ethernet cabling).
It also has Pan Tilt, you can control where it is aiming remotely.
You can have a 2-way conversation with the visitor/intruder.
It supports alerting where it can send you an email with photos if the camera detects motion. Also if you can use the Boxcar App on an iPhone which can give a push notification if it detects motion. You can setup FTP for image uploads.
It has support for a variety of Apps to remote control it on mobile devices. (iPhone, Android, Blackberry)
Colour images during the day and infrared support for night vision (up to 8m).
The best part, it is only $100!
Here is a good video demo on how it works:
You need a bit of technical assistance/knowledge to setup the webcam if you want all the bells and whistles working remotely. e.g. setting up port forwarding on your wirless router to be able to remotely see it. Maybe setting up a dynamic dns hostname if your public IP changes.
Do you have a favorite webcam?