Published on April 24th, 2015 | by Greg0
OCO: A Friendlier Wireless Cloud Camera
Whether you’re looking at getting a small camera for work or for home, for business or personal use, you have a wide range of options. The same device can help you keep track of the kids or keep in touch with your pets, watch your apartment or protect your office. There are full-system solutions that we’ve seen in the past, offering home automation technologies like lighting and door controls. But for something a bit simpler, you can choose from dedicated cameras like the family-focused D-Link we just checked out with temperature detection, or the Withings Home which includes nifty air sensors.
But today’s wireless camera is even smaller, lighter, with no computer needed. The OCO is cute, simple, and relies on the cloud- there’s no local storage but instead you can opt for live streaming or various subscription options that allow online backup. Like most wi-fi cameras, there is two-way audio so you can hear what’s going on and even talk back, as well as motion and audio alerts so you can be notified if something happens. 720p video is fairly typical, and there is a night vision mode as well. You can’t pan or tilt remotely- it’s a fixed angle- but you can manually adjust the angle a bit thanks to the classy stand. Brushed metal and black looks great no matter what the environment.
Support for both iOS and Android means apps are available for most tablets or smartphones, and the 120-degree field of view should catch just about everything. Setup takes only a few minutes- just plug it into a power outlet and follow a few steps- and the software is straightforward. There are a couple of unusual issues we faced though, primarily relating to automatic night vision, which could suddenly snap on. And it’s an indoors-only watching eye, not meant for use outside.
Pricing is pretty reasonable- but you’ll need to take into account those monthly service fees should you wish to enjoy cloud recording, ranging from $39-$200 a year depending on options. Your OCO won’t integrate with everything- it’s more of a standalone pal, as we mentioned. And for about the same price, you can pick up a 1080p camera with better video quality, or even one with additional features. As a friendlier competitor to the growingly-crowded home surveillance market, the OCO is truly a snap to install. It’s available now, online, for around $150.