Tuesday, December 24, 2013

#Dropcam video monitoring camera now available in Canada! {#Review and #Giveaway} CAN ~ 1/22

*I received a Dropcam in order to facilitate my review. All opinions are my own.


Hey Canada! Dropcam is here and it's AWESOME!

Dropcam was recently released into the Canadian market and I was thrilled to have the opportunity to receive one to review. And I have to say that it's so awesome! First of all, it's so small and compact. Not including the base, the unit I would say is pretty much the size of my computer mouse.

The Dropcam comes with a quick start guide and setting it up was incredibly easy. Just connect the camera to your computer using the included USB cord and follow the simple instructions. Basically all you need to do is set up a Dropcam account, connect the camera to your Wi-Fi, then place it where you want it and plug it in. You can either place it on a table or shelf or wall mount it with the included hardware. That's it! There are 2 different cameras to chose from, the original Dropcam which I received, and the Dropcam Pro. You can see from the image below the difference between the two. I am absolutely satisfied with the Original Dropcam, but for those of you who would like the wider range of view and better quality you may want to try the Pro version.


I love all the features available with our new Dropcam. The wide angle view and the picture quality is impressive. I love being able to view what's happening at home wherever I am using the app on my phone (Android or iOS). I even get alerts on my phone whenever the Dropcam senses movement. I can remotely turn the camera on  and off using my phone. This is a great feature for those who don't have a large data limit with their internet service provider. If you don't have unlimited or at least a large data limit you will want to use this feature so you don't go over your limit and incur additional data charges. I like to set the camera up in the living room to keep an eye on the dogs when we go out. I've always wondered what they were up to when they are left alone. It turns out that Kira is usually fast asleep the whole time but Kayla is more alert always listening and looking. She's the watchdog of the house I guess. In this image you can see Kira resting on the stairs and my daughter working on her craft project in the living room.


Two other features that I think are amazing are the Night Vision and the Two-Way-Talk. In the evening when the kids go to bed I set up the Dropcam on their dresser. I was extremely surprised by the quality of the picture when the camera goes into night vision mode. When the lights go off the Dropcam switches automatically. I love being able to watch and listen to the girls chatter with each other before they fall asleep. If you ever wanted to be a fly on the wall, this is your chance. LOL. And if the chatter gets out of control and they need a reminder to be quiet and go to sleep I just use the Two-Way Talk feature. I even sang the girls a lullaby one night using the Two-Way Talk when they were having trouble going to sleep.



But how does this all work you ask? Your camera sends bank-level security encrypted video to the cloud. The cloud then securely streams video to your devices. For an additional monthly fee the optional Cloud Recording feature securely stores up to 30 days of footage so you can access it whenever you want. See something you want to keep? Create a clip and save it to your computer and even share the link with friends and family. Wouldn't that be great if you were to use the camera as a baby monitor? Imagine the adorable video moments the camera could capture when you aren't in the room. I wish I had a Dropcam when my girls were babies.

I absolutely recommend Dropcam. It can be used so many ways. Use it as a security camera, keep an eye on the kids, use it as a baby monitor, or watch the dogs while you are at work.

Dropcam is now available at Best Buy Canada, Amazon.ca, and Apple Canada.

Win it!
Enter to win a Dropcam
Open to Canada only (excludes Quebec)
Ends January 22, 2014
(Winning entry will be verified. Please don't claim an entry you haven't completed.)

This giveaway is listed at: Canadian Contests at AllCanadaContests.com

234 comments:

  1. checking on the kids and the pets

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  2. For now I would use it as a security camera , My kids are all late teens and they often go out and forget to lock up or they are cooking when I am out so this would give me piece of mind when I am not at home

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  3. I would use the drop cam for when we go out of town and wanted to check in on our home.

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  4. I would use my dropcam to watch my house when I am not there and my yard.

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  5. I would likely use it in my sons room at night.

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  6. Place it in the kitchen so the non-cook will know when the meal is ready

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  7. would make sure my son wasnt sneaking food lol

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  8. I'd give it as a gift to my mom so that she would be able to watch over her backyard - both when she is at home and away. thanks

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  9. I'd love this for increased home security and kiddo monitoring.

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  10. I would use it to watch our home when we are out. There have been a few break and enters lately around here so I would like to be a little safer feeling.

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  11. I would use it to watch our driveway

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  12. To monitor our gold fish lol! Well he is located in the living room, so he would be watched too with the kids!

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  13. I would use it to keep an eye on the front door.

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  14. would use it to feel safer
    -Lucy

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  15. Keeping an eye on my front courtyard.

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  16. I'd like to use this to monitor Ann's sleeping and see what animals are getting into our outdoor pets we have(cats) food

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  17. I'd love to use this for home security - We live in a Scary World. Thank you for the Wonderful Giveaway <3 and Merry Christmas

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  18. I would Love to use it for home security - We Live in a Scary World. Thank you and Merry Christmas =) <3

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  19. Spying on my kids when I head to work.

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  20. Spying on the kids when I go to work.

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  21. I would use it to monitor our front porch.

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  22. I would use the drop cam in the playroom downstairs

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  23. peace of mind- home/car security

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  24. I would use it to watch my dogs

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  25. I would use it to watch my dogs

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  26. I would use it to check on the pets.

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  27. to keep my kids safe

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  28. I'd use it so that our relatives far away could see how much our toddler has grown!

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  29. I'd use it so that friends and family far away could see how much our toddler has grown!

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  30. I would use it to check in on our dogs and cats.

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  31. I would use it to watch my tomatoes grow

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  32. love to use this for home security I think I would have it set up so I could see who come into my yard

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  33. love to use this for home security have it set up so I could see who comes into my yard

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  34. I would use it to keep an eye on the house while we are gone.

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  35. I would use it as a security camera

    Florence c

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  36. I would use it to see exactly what my kids are up to after we go to work !

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  37. I would use it to keep a eye on the grandkids

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  38. Use it to watch the cars when we are sleeping.

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  39. id use to keep a eye on my husky and my 15 year old sister at home.

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  40. Keeping an eye on my son

    name: jackie reid

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  41. I would use it to monitor my house when I'm not home.

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  42. I would use on the window by the door, to check on who's at the door.

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  43. I would use it to watch the house while we are away to see who sneaks around since we are in an area that is only a few blocks away from a crime area. Far enough, but too close for comfort.

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  44. I would use the Dropcam to keep an eye on my van.

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  45. I would use it to keep an eye on my kids.

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  46. My daughter would use it for the family

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  47. I would use it to keep an eye on the kids when they are in the play room.

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  48. I'd use to it keep an eye on the teenagers and their girlfriends in the basement. ;)

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  49. i would use it to keep an eye on the home while i'm away

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  50. I'd check in on my pets!

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  51. This would be something I'd use most when not at home to make sure my flat is ok, no broken windows, no burst pipes etc.

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  52. I would give to my Daughter so she can keep an eye out for my Grandaughter

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  53. I would love this for my parents' house to monitor their backyard! Right now, their fencing is not in a stable condition so it's susceptible to break ins!

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  54. I would love to use this to watch my baby while he is sleeping and I am cooking or doing the laundry.

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  55. My kids. Esp my son with Autism.

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  56. I would use it for home security- The neighbour got is car stolen right in front of is house a few months ago!

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  57. I would use the drop cam as a security camera in my new place.

    Kevin Linkie

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  58. to watch my dog who is always getting in to trouble and my daughter lol

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  59. to watch my troublesome dog....and to watch the front door

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  60. My home, when we are gone :)
    DOREEN LAMOUREUX

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  61. I would so love this as it would allow me to at least rest through the night as to not worry about not hearing my special needs son who also has seizuresthroughout the night The best type of safety feature

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  62. this would be perfect to give me some rest at night as I would be able to keep an eye on my special needs son who also has severe seizures throughout the night and day

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  63. talking to my family & friends in the u.s.

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  64. I would like to use it to talk to my family & friends.

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  65. I would use it for home security.

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  66. To keep watch of home for security

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  67. I would use this to check to see who is at my door!

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  68. I would use this to train my little one to fall asleep on his own.

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  69. I would use it to check in on my pets and my home.

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  70. As an extra security measure to protect my home, myself and husband our three little pugs and I have my grandson here during the day during the week alone and he is just 9 months old. We have an alarm security system for the last 8 years now time to upgrade to having the property under surveillance.:)

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  71. To keep an eye on my little ones.

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  72. I would use the Dropcam to keep an eye on my kids and husband lol

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  73. For my little troublemaker cats lol

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  74. I would give it to my aunt who is the sole caregiver of my 91 year old grandfather. It would give her peace of mind when she is working in her office that all is well with my grandpa.

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  75. I would use this for my baby's room!

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  76. I'd like to use this to keep an eye on my older child in her playroom when I'm putting my younger down for her nap.

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  77. I also would keep an eye on my dogs when not home

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  78. I would use the Dropcam at night to keep an eye out on my children while they are sleeping in their rooms, and during the day to keep an eye out on my pets when nobody is home.

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  79. for my pets during the day

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  80. My sons are teens and have many friends come visit, I would like to keep in our family/play area as some items (video games, a computer game, darts, a hoody, my husbands fancy watch)( have "walked out of our house" since November :( I could then question the culprit and let them know I captured the moment, hopefully that would straighten them out before they get themselves into really bad situations.

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  81. I woiuld use it to watch our dog when were not at home

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  82. babysitters and keeping an eye on the younger teens when we're running errands

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  83. I'd use it to keep an eye on our home when we are away and to keep an eye on the kids when with a babysitter and to keep an eye on the dog when we are out.

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  84. I would use it to watch my dog when I am away at work...

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  85. I would use the Drop Cam to keep an eye on the kids when they are in their toy room and I am baking in the kitchen. Thank you for the super giveaway opportunity. Keep up the terrific blogging.

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  86. I would use it for home security while I'm away.

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  87. front door surveillance all the way

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  88. Front door surveillance
    (Serena Debolt)

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  89. I would use it for security in the driveway as thats where we store our RV and kayaks

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  90. We have a newborn so I would use it to watch him in his crib!

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  91. I would use it to monitor my 3 yr old while I am putting her sister down for a nap/bedtime. Sometimes I hear the oddest noises coming from the living room ;)

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  92. chatting with family members since none of them live in the same area as me

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  93. I would use the dropcam in my little one's room... so it lets me know he's ok.

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  94. This would be great to watch the pets while away.

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  95. I would use it to watch my son while he sleeps

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  96. i would use it as a security cam for our backyard.

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  97. I would monitor my front entrance, I don't want to open the doors for everybody

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  98. I would like to use it as a security camera at the door.

    SueSueper

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  99. i would use it for home security for when we goout.

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  100. I would use it to monitor our home for security. Especially while we were out.

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  101. I would use it to keep an eye on my apartment while we are away.

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  102. I would you use Dropcam for front to see who comes to visit us.

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  103. I would give it to my daughter so she could watch her dog while she is at work. The dog needs to be watched to find out where she stashes stuff during the day.

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  104. Checking on the dogs & for security!

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  105. my back patio
    jan

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  106. I would love to use the drop cam to monitor my pets when I am not at home.

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  107. I would use the drop cam to monitor my pets when I am not home.

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  108. I would use it to monitor things when I am not around

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  109. To monitor my kids and pets when I'm not home

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  110. to watch our dogs .. See who really gets in the garbage when we are not there :P

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  111. To watch the dogs and cats for sure. I never know which one to blame for their shenanigans!

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  112. I would use the drop cam to keep an eye on my house when I am not home, We live in a rough area and someone has tried to break into our house before so this would give me peace of mind.

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  113. keeping an eye on the pool and hottub so there are no issues

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  114. I can't see whose at our front door without looking out the front door and having the person out there see me. I would try and place it so I could see the front step

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  115. Watching my grandson when he is sleeping

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  116. Would love to use for my little peanut when she sleeps!

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  117. HAPPY NEW YEAR! I would use the dropcam to see what's going on at home, when my husband and I aren't home. Thanks for sponsoring this giveaway and for the opportunity to participate.

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  118. I would use it to make sure for watching the house when I am out. Not just a break in but flood burst pipes etc.

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  119. To keep watch on the house...and my motorcycle.

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  120. I would use it to watch my kids when I left them with a babysitter

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  121. I would keep an eye on the pets and kids.
    Brittney House BBrittBrat1398@yahoo.com

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  122. I would use it at my Mom's house to keep an eye on her property.

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  123. I would use this to keep an eye on the bikes on our back patio

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  124. I would use this for my daughters room at our rec property

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  125. I would use it to keep an eye on my pets when we are away

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  126. i would be checking in on things while not at home

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  127. I like the Night Vision functionality and can think of a bunch of applications.

    Thanks for posting this to my weekly giveaway linky (http://www.journeysofthezoo.com/category/giveaway-linky).

    Besos, Sarah
    Blogger at Journeys of The Zoo

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  128. Thanks for the opportunity. I would use this to watch the front door when I am not home for packages being delivered

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  129. Great idea to know whats going on at home when youa rent there... apperently my animals go nuts and i'd love to know what they are up to lol

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  130. Moving from a 1bdrm to a 2 BDRM, my boys will have their own room, I will need to keep an eye on theyn I'll be lost lol

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  131. Security in my office.

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  132. I'd especially love to see what my 2 fur balls do when I'm away...

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  133. This looks awesome!

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  134. I would use it to check on my dog and my home while away!

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  135. I would use it for my front door for security reason

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  136. I would use it for my front door so that I know who's at the door before I open it

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  137. I would put Drop Cam at my back door so I can see who is there.

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  138. I would use it to keep an eye on the kids when they are on a different floor.

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  139. I would love to be able to set this up between my home and the apartment building in the blind spot for safety

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  140. I would love to be able to set this up between my home and the apartment building next door in the blind spot for safety.

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  141. I would use the drop cam in my baby girls bedroom!!

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  142. To spy on my Teens... atleast I am honest, right?

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  143. This would be great for checking in on my cats when I'm out of town.

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  144. use my dropcam to watch my house when I am not there PAUL

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  145. I would give this to my sister, to use as a baby monitor for my niece.

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  146. For my son - he's going to make me a grandma in April - for the new baby

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  147. I would use it to keep an eye on my house when I'm not home.

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  148. I would use it when I am at work and want to see what's going on. ;-)

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  149. My daughter is a Teenager now so I would be able to see what is going on when I am not home.

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  150. I would use it for my front entrance.

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  151. I would use it for security purposes!

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  152. to keep an eye on my front entrance and the teenagers that come and go

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  153. I'd like your job! One of the first to hear about one of the best! I'd use it as a periscope for the yard. Cat Cou

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  154. Watch my dog when she is home alone

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  155. I'd use it for security purposes.

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  156. Deria Lindeman StevensJanuary 12, 2014 at 3:50 PM

    i would use it to spy on my new puppy..she is in to everything...lol

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  157. I always thought a web cam would be great in my living room. I child sit my grandchildren ages 2-6 years and would love to capture their antics to show their parents.

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  158. I would use it for my 6 month old daughter

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  159. I would use it to watch my house when I'm away.

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  160. No really, I would use it for security purposes as well.

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  161. To be able to check in on my family while at work and security when away

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  162. We con not see our driveway or cars and have no front window so this would be great for that, peace of mind

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  163. I'd like to see what my dogs do while I am away.

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  164. I would use it for taking videos of my cats!

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  165. I would give it to my BFF as she has security concerns around her home

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  166. I would use it to spy on my dogs when I am not home! Its amazing what they think of!

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