Elgato’s EyeTV HD is a small gray box that packs a powerful punch. It allows live streaming from your cable or satellite box to any Apple-created computer, iPhone or iPad.
A connection between your Mac and the device is required in order to work. This can be an inconvenience to those who have the television and computer in separate rooms.
The box also needs to hook up to your cable or satellite receiver.
The cables and different boxes can create a bit of a clutter, so make sure to create enough room to house all of the items that will line the entertainment center.
Fortunately, that is the only main gripe I have with Elgato’s streaming television product.
The EyeTV HD serves as a makeshift DVR in addition to streaming television to your Mac. The quality is fantastic, despite the fact that it uses component hookups over the more advanced HDMI setup.
Users of Apple’s iPhone or iPad can even watch TV from out of the house. A free application on the iTunes Store is all that is needed. An infrared sensor placed in front of the EyeTV box is used to change the channels when you are inside of the app. This feature arguably extends the worth of your cable or satellite service, as you’ll have more opportunities for use.
Elgato’s EyeTV HD is a bit expensive for a DVR, but well worth the price when combined with its extra features. For those who have an iOS device and love watching television, it’s a no brainer.
iZON Remote Room Monitor by Stem Innovation; $129.95
I don’t like vandals or crooks. I hate the thought of my home being vulnerable to their cruel activity when I’m away. And since it doesn’t look like Batman will be moving to Anniston anytime soon, I need an alternative. The iZON Remote Room Monitor fills that role extremely well.
iZON’s product comes complete with a wireless camera and an iOS application. The camera takes little time to setup, as all you need to do is activate the device and sync it with a wireless Internet connection.
Once activated, users can watch what the camera sees on their iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch.
The camera can be configured to record to a private YouTube account when motion is sensed. This will catch any intruder without them knowing anything.
Video and audio can be recorded with the touch of a button. This is great for shooting small videos that you want to edit on your iOS device and upload to a social media outlet.
The device is more than just a security camera, though.
The company mentions using the product to monitor a young child in a crib. This is a great way to keep check on a baby while working in another room. It also provides more than the standard baby monitor, as you’ll have a full picture to accompany the audio.
The iZON Remote Room Monitor is a tad pricey at $129.95 per camera. However, the piece of mind that comes with knowing your possessions are safe is priceless. The added abilities of recording audio and video combined with the small but sleek design makes for an impressive product. Those looking for a web cam with a boost should consider iZON’s device.