Specs for the Portable Color LCD Digital Wireless Monitoring System from closed circuit TV company, Lorex, came across my desk with the heading “Taking ‘Baby Monitor’ to the Next Level.” Not one to back down from a new level, I read on.
With it, (and for a decent chunk of change) you can view from one to four secure wireless cameras on one base, meaning you can watch more than one child or part of the house at the same time. This is a growing trend with baby monitors and, it seems, a practical way to keep an eye on multiple kids at night.
The Lorex model can also be set up outdoors. So, I thought, does it come with a loudspeaker? As in, “Get OUT of the shed. I can see you!”
It does not have a loudspeaker. It does have high sound quality, no interference from other electronics, an automatic on/off function that corresponds with its ability to sense movement, a remote nightlight switch, a rechargeable battery, and nightvision. Oh, and the monitor can be hooked up to your TV.
In other words, this is serious surveillance. And it begs the question: Is this type of technology a busy parent’s dream come true, or a little too Big Brother?