More Missed Innovation From CES 2011
More seemingly overlooked innovations from the Consumer Electronics Show are the latest network video camera from D-Link (DCS-930L) and the upcoming low-light version of the same (DCS-932L). Much like their predecessors and competitors, these wireless, "always on" cameras can be placed anywhere with available electrical power and an accessible network.
However, these two cameras bring one stand-out feature: integrated into both cameras is the "mydlink" service; allowing the cameras to be accessed securely, all without the need for network configuration or static IP addresses.
The camera's built-in CPU and Web server transmit high-quality video directly to the network without the need for a PC. Having personally attempted to add network cameras myself, I can say that this advancement could not be more timely; I have requested a demonstration unit from D-Link and will certainly post a follow-up after I have had an opportunity to run the camera through operating tests.
More innovation from "mydlink" comes in the form of free applications that allow the camera (or cameras) to be viewed remotely on the iPhone, Android, iPad, and (soon) the Boxee Box.
According to their CES press release, the DCS-930L is currently available in brick-and-mortar retail locations, online and at the company’s online store at a price under $100. Scheduled for availability early in the second quarter of 2011, the DCS-932L will carry a street price of under $150.