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The cell phone home security system

Among the things we love about cell phones are the ways they’re used outside of their intended functions. Remember the cell phone motion detector? Or how about the cell laser? We applaud the people who engineer these devices. And so today we salute the man who turned a cell phone into a home surveillance camera.

The Mobile LiveCam is 0.3-megapixel camera equipped with a SIM card, a built-in microphone and a 512MB memory card for recording video-streaming images, SingTel said in a statement.

In addition, the battery-operated camera is equipped with infrared video capabilities to better capture images in dimly lit spaces and at night.

Heh, 0.3 megapixels. “Honey! Someone is approaching! It’s either my mother or an amorphous blob. Should I call the cops?” (Insert unwitty husband joke here.)

The camera works on a 3G network, and can be access from another approved 3G phone. You can use the keypad on your phone to control the camera’s movements, and you access the images by dialing the camera’s assigned number. Sounds pretty easy to use.

The greatest part about this is that unlike the cell phone motion detector, this isn’t someone rigged up in their basement. This is a product offered by SingTel Mobile in Singapore. It costs about $6 per month for the service, and the device is $250.

All you’ll have to worry about is someone using the cell phone “laser” to disable the camera.

[CNET News]