Whether you’re working your 9-to-5 or on a weekend getaway, this nifty video monitor makes sure you and your furry loved ones are connected with a few clicks.
Every few years, I take an excursion back to the motherland for a couple of weeks to check up on family and brush up on my Portuguese (I’m a babbling wreck in the beginning, but I’m a pro by the time I leave three to four weeks later!) Most recently, I’ve taken the trek alone, without my parents’ company, let alone that of my precious little Chiweenie, Kika. If there’s one thing that I miss when I’m in Portugal, it’s the ability to quickly see how everyone is doing.
The Kodak Video Monitor CFH-V10 makes staying connected to loved ones quick and easy. For me, it would serve as a computer-less device that I can access whenever I get a little bit of Wi-Fi in the big city. For others, it could easily serve as a means to check up on their four-legged friend while they are at work or at a friend’s house.
Unlike other video monitors, the Kodak does not require any CD installation or a fifty-page-thick instruction manual. All you need is an internet connection and the free downloadable app called iSecurity+, available for both Android and iOS operating systems.
So, how does it work? The Kodak video monitor has three settings: Always on, always off, or auto. It uses your existing wireless connection in order to work. The low lux CMOS imaging sensor gives you crystal-clear resolution during the day while also offering a great night mode (so you can check in even after the sun sets). The monitor also has built-in speakers and microphone so you can talk to your loved ones and hear them talk (or bark) back!
Besides being able to check up on your home at the click of a button, this little guy also automatically sends alerts to your phone should it detect anything. Thankfully, the built-in software is “smart” in that it reduces the probability of getting a false alarm notification on your phone (else you’d be getting a notification every time Fido decides to hop on or off your couch, for example).
The only downside to this monitor is that, obviously, it doesn’t move with your dog. This means, if you’re using it to see if your dog is doing alright when you’re at a friend’s house, the monitor may not catch where your dog is the moment you switch it on. Of course, because of the speakers, you can try and coax your dog towards the camera to the sound of your voice, but there’s no guarantee they’ll listen to you (believe me, Kika rarely does). Unless you point the Kodak monitor at your dog’s favorite spot when you’re away or verbally bring your dog towards the camera, it’s kind of difficult to use it practically. However, the fact that it doesn’t require a CD installation or a computer to make it work makes it great for other uses, such as keeping in contact with loved ones when you’re overseas. And let’s not forget about the price point – $99 is a pretty good deal on a video monitor!
To get your own Kodak Video Monitor, head over to amazon.com.
Diana Faria is a freelance writer who loves to write about all things dog- and bird-related. She’s been around pets all her life and her longest relationship was with a 17-year-old peach-faced lovebird named Panchoe. When she isn’t writing about the furry friends in our lives, she’s making her black-capped Caique, Max, Instagram famous. She’s also a pillow for Kika, her short-tempered yet cuddly Chihuahua/Dachshund.