Camera beaming

17 04 2013

Sometimes you have to watch what is happening at another place. You can do this with a camera installation or with an iOS device and the app AirBeam by Appologics UG, Germany.

AirBeam for iOS is a Universal App that means if you buy it in the App Store it can be installed on all of your iOS devices without buying it for each device.

AirBeam turns the camera equipped iDevices or Macs into a flexible remote monitoring system. You can use it as a baby phone, a surveillance camera, a fly cam in your remote control toys, an ad-hoc video observation of a running machine, etc.

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If there is only one iOS device available (the recording device) the camera input of this device can be viewed with any browser by entering the IP address displayed on the iOS device where AirBeam is installed.

It works within a WiFi network as well as from far away locations via an internet connection to a device in a LAN by using Port-Forwarding.

AirBeam FAQ Port Forwarding
AirBeam’s autodiscovery mechanism only works when all your devices are in the same local WiFi network. If you want to connect to your camera at home from anywhere in the Internet (or from a cellular network), you first need to configure Port Forwarding in your WiFi router at home. Otherwise the router’s integrated firewall will block all incoming connections from the outside world. There are two ways to configure Port Forwarding:
AirBeam can automatically configure Port Forwarding within your router. Prerequisite is that your router supports and has enabled Universal Plug and Play (UPNP) or Apple’s NAT-Port Mapping Protocol. In this case just switch on “Port Mapping” in AirBeam’s general settings page. If successful, a small cloud icon on AirBeam’s camera view will indicate that the camera is reachable in the Internet and you will see the public addresses by touching the icon. Just use a browser or AirBeam’s “manual connect” button to connect to these addresses from anywhere. As the public IP address of your WiFi router might change from time to time (depending on your Internet Service Provider), it is recommended to use a free dynamic DNS service like http://www.no-ip.com to be able to access your camera with a constant hostname.

For the recording device a motion and audio detection can be activated. If an object starts moving or the microphone detects audio signals a video recording on the receiving device can be started.
Furthermore an E-Mail with an optional attached video can be sent automatically to a recipient whose E-Mail address is configured in the Settings of the app.

On the iDevice receiving video and/or audio signals the integrated camera light can be turned on and off.

The controlling device may connect to different other devices. Each recording device is displayed on the controlling device and you just have to tap on the device’s icon to switch to it’s camera.

On the Mac …

With AirBeam Pro you can share your Mac’s camera and microphone and follow it remotely in a browser or with AirBeam for iOS on your iPhone, iPad or iPod.
Besides camera sharing, AirBeam Pro brings also all other features known from the iOS App to your Mac, for example motion or audio controlled video recording in HD quality.

How it works …

In this description iPhone is the recording device and iPad the controlling device displaying the camera input of iPhone. It works vice versa as well.

  • Install AirBeam on an iPhone and an iPad.
  • Open AirBeam on both devices.
    On the main screen both devices will show the message ‘Searching for cameras…’.
  • On the iPhone (or iPad) tap on the camera icon.
    This activates the camera and sends a Ready-Message to the other device with the devices name.
  • On the iPad tap on the name of the recording device.
    In this example it’s the iPhone and you will see what iPhone’s camera is recording.

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Options on the controlling device …

To control the recording device the following options are available:

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Settings …

An overview of the Settings of AirBeam shows you some more details about different purposes you may use the app for.

Summary …

After checking all announced features the app gets a rating of 5 stars.
There is just one bug which has to be fixed. After connecting to a device the brightness of the controlling device is set to it’s minimum and you have to reselect the preferred value.


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