From Phyllis O’Beollain, Dayton Small Pets Examiner

Many of us with disabled pets worry about them when we are not at home. My rabbit is severely mobility-impaired, but still she manages to scoot around her sheepskin-covered living area. The problem is, if she turns too sharply to the right, she rolls onto her “good” side and is unable to right herself.

My disabled darling BJ with his best friend Maya (cat)

I am blessed with a neighbor who faithfully checks on Oreo when I am at work, to ensure that Oreo is not stranded for hours without access to food and water. What about those not so fortunate as I?

While not an inexpensive option (approximately $300 for the system), the Vue personal video network enables pet owners to look in on their companions from a browser or iPhone or other flash-enabled device.

The Vue works by utilizing small wireless cameras – up to fifty for each gateway – that can be positioned anywhere inside the home. These cameras are the size of a package of Tic Tacs, wireless, and can be moved about depending upon where your pet tends to roam. These cameras are also easily relocatable.

You plug the gateway into your Internet router and the cameras sync up instantly. You then log onto a secure website to check in on your pets from virtually any location. You can view, record, playback and share video clips and snapshots from your browser or iPhone.

There is no software to load or storage space required on your hardware. The service plan for your VueZone.com account includes 2gb of storage for $19.95 per year – first year free. Your secure VueZone account gives you.

  • A watch page: lets you view and record live remote video from all active cameras and gateways
  • A playback page: where you play recorded/stored video and snapshots
  • A share page: lets you easily share live video or recorded content with family, friends and favorite sites
  • All the tools you need to set up and use your network – you can even schedule automatic viewing/recording

Vue comes with a 30-Day Money-Back Guarantee when purchased directly from VueZone.com, and the first years’ service plan is free.

And now, a word for the nerds:

VueZone FrameMesh technology was developed for the defense department (how cool is that?) and enables streaming live video using wireless video transmission technology and battery-powered cameras. FrameMesh is a redundant, packet self-correction networking protocol. It forms the foundation of a secure, ultra-low-power wireless video camera network that installs easily and can be extended without sophisticated technical requirements.

And no, sadly, the Vue people did not send me a free sample of the system to try out, I just think this sounds like a great idea AND my TekkieFriend Alex says this is a very good value for all that you are getting. It could have so many applications: checking on elderly parents, home security, and spying on your teenagers to name a few.

You can only order the Vue online.

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