In the wake of new surveillance equipment and advanced technology, spy cameras and video trackers, there has been a gradual evolution in the way things are done with price reduction of gadgets worldwide. A notable evolution from my point of view was the introduction of spy video cameras. For instance, the ”nanny camera’ is now appreciated and valued by working mothers and has attained an admiration of its own. Here is a brief outlook on how spy cameras continue to evolve as time progresses.
Transmitters to VCR
In the beginning nanny cameras we made and sold in early 2000 when the first spy video system came to existence. The model that resembled a radio outsold all it competitors. Although spy video cams were often disguised in lamps, exit signs, teddy bears and plants, the device accounted up to eighty percent of total camera sales. However this camera was still cumbersome for its time. The device basically contained two components, a wireless transmitter and a camera. When buying the gadget the customer was given an A/V cable, an adapter and a transmitter.
The problem was setting up the spy video camera. The receiver had to be plugged into a monitor nearby or in a VCR if you want to record the events that happened when the nanny camera was engaged when you were away. The user had to place the VCR in the room within 100 feet away from the camera. The problem however is that a standard VCR can only record up to eight hours.
Let’s have a look at this scenario. A couple has hired a new nanny and wants to check on her as she looks after the baby. Before leaving their house early in the morning they ensure the nanny video camera is plugged in and turn on the VRC to record instantly. When arriving home at the end of the day’s work, they just want to sit down and view the recording as this was the only convenient way to spy on the baby sitter discreetly. However, this process was cumbersome but fortunately technology evolved.
Motion activated cameras
The introduction of motion-activated video cameras was a breakthrough. Though the technology was here way back, it became available in the mid 2000. Consumers no longer have to sit and watch blank VHS for eight straight hours only to realize nothing meaningful was captured. With motion activated video cameras, you can only record when there is activity. If there is nothing happy there was nothing to record and the user only had to review 50 minutes of footage, instead of more than 5 hours of static recording. The DVR technology was introduced later on the motion-activated spy video camera.