Your recordings on Manything’s website
camera is best, as it offers a higher resolution and provides access to the flash, which Manything will switch on after dark if noise is detected during night-time (consider switching to Still Shot mode at night using IFTTT – read on for more details about that – as it’ll produce enhanced shots in low light conditions).
Finally, how will you secure your phone in its desired position? If there’s not a suitable spot to prop it up in a discreet fashion – on a bookshelf, for example – you may find some kind of mount or clamp is required. See Best Buys on the next page for some suggestions. Once your iOS security camera is installed, repeat the process for any other mobiles you plan to use to complete your security setup.
Monitor your cameras
There are two ways you can keep an eye on your cameras while also administering their settings remotely. The first is through the Manything app itself – choose Viewer instead of Camera mode (tap the ‘m…’ button in the top-left corner of the app to switch between them) and you’ll be shown a live view from each of your cameras, complete with phone status (such as live or standby) and battery life, if applicable. Tap one of them to contact that camera and view its live feed, then tap Events to review a list of recordings.
You’ll see a settings button next to each camera too. Tap this to tweak the adjacent camera’s settings in the same way you would from the camera itself, working through the step-by-step guide on the next page.
You can also view and manage your cameras on your Mac, in a web browser with the Flash Player plug-in installed, by going to manything.com – the annotated screenshot above reveals the kinds of control you can wield from here.
The Manything app offers all the core functionality you need, but you can exercise even greater control over your cameras by connecting them to ifttt.com (IFTTT, If This Then That, was featured in MF302’ s project). Just add the Manything channel to your account on the IFTTT site and you’ll find a large number of triggers, actions and recipes you can use or adapt to your own purposes. For example, you might configure certain cameras to only come on at set times of day, or have your camera’s flash switch on at night when it detects sound. You can even link your cameras with other devices – for example, to get around your camera’s struggle to detect motion when it’s dark by pairing it with a SmartThings motion sensor, you can use the SmartThings trigger to detect movement, then pair it with the Manything action that switches on the iOS device’s flash and starts recording.
Manything scores highly on all key levels: its subscription pricing’s relatively inexpensive, and it has all the features you could wish for, is beautifully designed, integrates with other smart home devices, and lets your old mobiles live on in a relevant and helpful way, too. What’s not to like?
1 Recordings window Use the timeline slider at the bottom of this pane to jump to recordings that were triggered by motion. 2 Switch device Click this pop-up menu to switch to a different iPhone or iPad, if you have several set up. 2 4 3 1 3 Review events
Switch to the Events tab to view all recordings that have been made, and click one to view it from start to finish. 4 Remote settings
Click Settings here to access commonly used options, such as switching recording modes and between a device’s front and rear cameras.