Alfred

Smart phone reinvented for a safer home

Taiwanese Travel Blogger Icebonla Thinks Alfred is Awesome!

Download Alfred and turn your smartphones and tablets into home security camera, surveillance cameras, wireless cameras, IP cam, IP cameras, pet cam, pet monitor, baby cam, baby monitor, or nanny cam

Photo credit: Iceblona

Last week we shared a photo on our Facebook page (LIKE us!) from Taiwanese travel blogger, Icebonla. The photo got great feedback, so we thought we’d translate the content for you! Enjoy!

As a travel/food blogger, I spend way more time outside than at home. I was pleasantly surprised when I discovered Alfred, a free app that puts my mind to ease!

Alfred allows you to repurpose old, unused cell phones. I actually heard about the app from a friend who is friends with someone on the Alfred team. Alfred is a member of the 500 Startups in the Silicon Valley, and they deserve a lot of support!

Download Alfred and turn your smartphones and tablets into home security camera, surveillance cameras, wireless cameras, IP cam, IP cameras, pet cam, pet monitor, baby cam, baby monitor, or nanny cam

The setup process is super easy. You need an old Android phone and your Android phone. Download Alfred on both, log into your Gmail account, and you’re done!

Once you launch the app, you can set each phone as “Viewer” or “Camera” accordingly. Usually, the phone you’re using is the viewer phone, and the old one is the camera phone. Afterwards, just log into your Gmail account on both phones, and they are connected! If you want the two phones to reverse their roles, you can change the settings in the app later.

In the photo above, you can see how the app looks once I have logged in and set up the connection. The viewer phone receives information from your camera phone. Just click on it to see the feed.

Download Alfred and turn your smartphones and tablets into home security camera, surveillance cameras, wireless cameras, IP cam, IP cameras, pet cam, pet monitor, baby cam, baby monitor, or nanny cam

Click on the app and you will see this screen. I put Alfred where I can monitor the door to my room. I set it up with my super cute Disney plugs. Isn’t that a genius idea?

Download Alfred and turn your smartphones and tablets into home security camera, surveillance cameras, wireless cameras, IP cam, IP cameras, pet cam, pet monitor, baby cam, baby monitor, or nanny cam

Once the setup is complete, you can keep an eye on the location with your viewer phone. If you turn the motion detection feature on, you will receive an email or a push notification if any motion is detected. Is there a delivery man? Is someone ringing your doorbell? Is anyone sneaking around your front door? Are the kids running around or crying? You can even start a conversation with the two-way audio feature or keep a record of anyone who has approached your house. Isn’t it perfect for watching over a napping baby or a pet?

If it’s too dark, you can also switch on the flashlight remotely.

Download Alfred and turn your smartphones and tablets into home security camera, surveillance cameras, wireless cameras, IP cam, IP cameras, pet cam, pet monitor, baby cam, baby monitor, or nanny cam

If you are leaving the house for a long stretch of time, it is a good idea to keep the camera phone plugged in. If it’s just for one day, you can actually put it on power save mode. The screen will be off unless you unlock it, but it functions as usual.

Download Alfred and turn your smartphones and tablets into home security camera, surveillance cameras, wireless cameras, IP cam, IP cameras, pet cam, pet monitor, baby cam, baby monitor, or nanny cam

The imagine quality is pretty great, and the connection depends on the speed of your Internet. If you have WiFi at home, the connection should be stable and you will get clear images.

Download Alfred and turn your smartphones and tablets into home security camera, surveillance cameras, wireless cameras, IP cam, IP cameras, pet cam, pet monitor, baby cam, baby monitor, or nanny cam

 If you set it up the way I do, you will be able to watch over your house at all times!

Download Alfred and turn your smartphones and tablets into home security camera, surveillance cameras, wireless cameras, IP cam, IP cameras, pet cam, pet monitor, baby cam, baby monitor, or nanny cam

If there were a burglar or intruder, the camera will capture the image and I will be able to see it on my viewer phone. I can either scare the burglar off with the two-way audio function or alert the authority.

Download Alfred and turn your smartphones and tablets into home security camera, surveillance cameras, wireless cameras, IP cam, IP cameras, pet cam, pet monitor, baby cam, baby monitor, or nanny cam

The connection works well when you are out and about as well!

Download Alfred and turn your smartphones and tablets into home security camera, surveillance cameras, wireless cameras, IP cam, IP cameras, pet cam, pet monitor, baby cam, baby monitor, or nanny cam

I experimented with different locations for the camera phone. I hid it on the top of the stairs to see if it can detect someone coming upstairs.

Download Alfred and turn your smartphones and tablets into home security camera, surveillance cameras, wireless cameras, IP cam, IP cameras, pet cam, pet monitor, baby cam, baby monitor, or nanny cam

It definitely worked, although admittedly it is not the safest location.

Download Alfred and turn your smartphones and tablets into home security camera, surveillance cameras, wireless cameras, IP cam, IP cameras, pet cam, pet monitor, baby cam, baby monitor, or nanny cam

Moreover, you can hide the camera phone in a tissue box, behind the fire extinguisher by your door, or even in a potted plant.

In short, you are saving a lot of money by repurposing old cellphones that you no longer use. It is also fun to hide the camera phone in difference places!

Download Alfred and turn your smartphones and tablets into home security camera, surveillance cameras, wireless cameras, IP cam, IP cameras, pet cam, pet monitor, baby cam, baby monitor, or nanny cam

Hidden behind the fire extinguisher, I can see anyone coming upstairs. It is impossible to discover the phone from downstairs, and there is no wire to cut like a regular security camera.

Download Alfred and turn your smartphones and tablets into home security camera, surveillance cameras, wireless cameras, IP cam, IP cameras, pet cam, pet monitor, baby cam, baby monitor, or nanny cam

If you are going out for a family trip, chances are you don’t plan to install a security system just for that. If you don’t want to buy a baby monitor, Alfred definitely functions as one! If you are worried your pets might be up to no good when you are not home, you can even talk to it to stop unwanted behavior. Just download Alfred and you will see how great it is!

Thank you, Iceblona, for such an amazingly detailed post as well as inspirational images! It’s always great to hear how Alfred helps people feel safe and secure. What’s your Alfred story? Share it with us! Don’t forget to give us a 5-star review while you’re at it!

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