The Skinny On: Veo Wireless Observer

 
 
By Sascha Segan  |  Posted 2003-06-25 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Easy to set up, fun to use, and priced right, the Veo Wireless Observer looks like a cuddly UFO.

Easy to set up, fun to use, and priced right, the Veo Wireless Observer looks like a cuddly UFO. The camera can be controlled via the Web, and after a simple setup procedure, it doesnt require a PC. The 60-degree tilt and 120-degree pan are responsive, and sound quality is clear though choppy outside a LAN environment.

Three levels of security make sure that unauthorized folks cant change the camera settings. A $40 motion detector add-on allows for e-mail notification (and snapshots) when something comes into view. But the camera maxes out at 10 fps at 160-by-120 or 320-by-240 resolution; it achieves 4 fps at 640-by-480. There are also visible compression artifacts, and it doesnt provide a usage log.

 
 
 
 
Sascha Segan is PC Magazine's Lead Analyst for mobile phones and PDAs. He is responsible for testing, benchmarking and evaluating mobile phones and other handheld devices. Sascha joined the magazine in 2004 after covering consumer electronics for technology, travel and lifestyle publications, and editing the now hard-to-find book, 'I Just Got a Cell Phone, Now What?' He once helped cover an election in Africa using only a PalmPilot Professional with a modem and attachable keyboard as his traveling gear.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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