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8/25/2010
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Eric Zeman
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Man Watches His Home Get Robbed Via iPhone

A man from Dallas was alerted by an iPhone application that his house was being robbed. He watched it happen live while away on vacation.

Webcams and home security systems have long been a part our culture. Dallas-area resident Vincent Hunter took advantage of both home security measures, and even connected the Webcams in his home to an iPhone application called iCam.

iCam, which costs $4.99 and is available in the iPhone App Store, allows users to stream video and audio feeds from up to four Webcams to an iPhone or iPod touch over both 3G and Wi-Fi.

Hunter was on vacation visiting relatives in Hardford, Conn., recently when he received a text message from the iCam application, which indicated that the motion sensors in his home had detected movement.

Hunter used the iCam application to tap into the Webcams in his home and then watch as two men attempted to break into his house. At one point, the men threw a brick through a glass door and then entered the house. Hunter called the police at about the same time his home security system also reached out to the authorities automatically.

Hunter watched as the two men made their way through the house and eventually leave...before the police showed up. According to the Associated Press, the two burglars are still at large in the Dallas areas.

The iCam application receives mixed reviews from those who purchased it in the iPhone App Store. It has earned a rating of 3.5 stars, with nearly 1000 users taking the time to jot down their thoughts.

Standard consumer technology came very close to helping nab two robbers. It's a shame the police were unable to arrive before the robbers left.

[Via Dallas News / Associated Press]

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