Currently, there’s probably these two RC Wifi spy robots which might works the best for securing your home or even great as kid’s toys to beat house boredom.
First up is the Erector Spykee Wifi Spy Robot that can be controlled via WiFi, also doubles as a digital music player. This one is really for the kids as its features are made for that purpose but it does have a cool video surveillance feature which makes it practical for adults too.
The main feature of Erector Spykee Wifi Spy Robot is that it can easily be hooked up to your Skype account so you can monitor your home from abroad.
Perfect for audio-visual surveillance, Spykee has the ability to move, watch, speak, and hear. With a built-in video camera and microphone, the robot takes real-time pictures with video and with sound effects. When motion is detected, Spykee activates an alarm or sends a picture by email. Compatible with Skype 3.0 (PC) technology, Spykee can also be used as a VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) phone and web camera. Best of all, this motorized robot is equipped with a WiFi card, which means kids can access and control Spykee via the Internet from anywhere in the world.
The second spy robot featured is the Robotic Sentry from Hammacher and Schlemmer. This one is “built” for securing your home/office perimeters with ability to “roam” around via an internet connection, hence its name “Robotic Sentry”.
Sorta similar to iRobot automated vacuum machines, this Robotic Sentry can also re-charge itself by finding its re-charge base, definitely a feature you need if you are going away to another country for months.
Audio and high-resolution (640 x 480) video are streamed in MPEG4 format, and it can take still pictures and e-mail them to you; it has a two-way microphone and speaker that enable real-time interaction with subjects. Three wheels support its chassis, providing 360° of nimble movement as its camera boom extends to provide a wide field of view while surveying its surroundings. You can set the sentry with up to 10 paths for a customized patrol; it will move along a path, detecting and avoiding obstacles with its infrared sensor, and repeat the sequence until issued new orders. It operates for two hours from its rechargeable battery which draws power from the included recharging base (the sentry can locate its base using its built-in infrared sensor when you command it to re-charge remotely);
Price: $299.95 at Hammacher
Either way, both of these RC Wifi Spy Robots feature the best of today’s technology to offer you best remote, robotic monitoring for your home/office. Surely, these robotic spy robots beat static wifi cameras and DVRs which can’t move around.