While Wi-Fi cameras have been around for some time, truly wireless, battery-powered cameras like the Homeboy are just appearing in the market. It’s very small, nicely packaged, and attractively designed. The camera is also magnetic, and the system includes a magnetic mount with a sticky backing in case you don’t have a refrigerator door nearby. The spherical unit can be adjusted to any angle, and it can be recharged via USB every three months (according to the company).

The Homeboy camera ($150) can be attached anywhere in your home, runs for three months on one charge. The camera begins recording once it detects movement and will send a notification to your phone. You can set up a geofence so that it only turns on when you’re not around the house, and you can set up an alarm to sound to scare off intruders.

Homeboy is one such contraption: a wireless, long-life, motion-detecting home security camera that can be monitored and controlled via your smartphone. It’s a funky little bundle of CCTV joy for your humble abode.

We’ve spent the past month with the Homeboy, putting it through its paces to see what it does, what it doesn’t, and whether it’s worth the $149 asking price.


Homeboy isn't just another Dropcam Pro clone

Despite its more minimalist take on DIY security, Homeboy also has a built-in siren, arm and disarm modes tied to your phone's GPS location as well as its own IFTTT channel. These factors combine to create an elegantly-executed security camera that gives you just enough functionality without taking up a ton of bandwidth.

Richards says that beyond those distinctions, the camera was designed to be user-friendly for normal people, yet highly customizable for someone who is tech savvy. Out of the box, recorded video is stored on Homeboy’s servers, but you can also pipe it to a third-party storage service of your choosing. Advanced users can hook it up to If This Then That, so that it can post alerts to a Twitter account or connect with other smart home devices like Phillips Hue lightbulbs or a Nest thermostat. That means you could have a scenario where lights turn on somewhere in your house when it picks up motion by a window and you’re not home.

If you’re looking for an IP camera for home security, you'll want to know about Homeboy. It remedies almost every drawback I’ve seen in security cameras. It doesn’t cost a fortune. And you’ll be able to buy one soon—without having to participate in a crowd-funding campaign.


5 trends coming to the smart home in 2015

The future of the connected home is continuing to evolve, and with more startups pitching products, the ship date of older crowdfunding campaigns hitting customer homes and big name companies warming to the space, I’m starting to see a few trends come together for 2015. I’m sure we’ll see more at CES in January, but based on conversations I’ve had and products I saw at our Structure Connect show last week, here are a few things you can expect on the connected home front.


More fun with low-power Wi-Fi and IP cameras from Homeboy

People are keen on security cameras in their homes, but frustrated by the massive cord plugging those cameras into the wall and limiting their potential placement. But making a Wi-Fi camera that can operate for any length of time sans a plug is tough given the power demands of both Wi-Fi and taking video.

WiFi cameras like Dropcam aren't new, but while baking in wireless connectivity has helped cut one cord, they've always needed to be plugged into a power supply. Now, Homeboy claims to have severed that second tether, with its eponymous camera running on batteries and promising around three months of use from a single charge. That makes positioning all the easier, and Homeboy has taken advantage of that with a magnetic base that means the camera can be pointed in any direction or even hung upside-down from the ceiling.

A new security system features small cameras you can easily stick to your walls and a way to monitor surveillance footage from your phone.

Homeboy is marketed as a simple security camera solution for your home but it could easily provide the same protection for your small business.

Homeboy is an amazing IP camera. It’s wire-free, it works with IFTTT, it has a free mobile app, an open platform, and … I don’t want to give it all away in my first sentence! However, they don’t want to be “just another cool camera”. They want to be “the world’s most accessible home security system.”

There are probably many different types of home security cameras available in the market today, but if you’re looking for an alternative, perhaps the Homeboy could be worth checking out. Designed by Mark Richards who was frustrated after having his home burglarized for the third time, the Homeboy is a tiny home surveillance camera that mounts on the wall or ceiling via magnets.

Protecting your home and the items inside is getting easier for anyone with a smart phone. Over the past few years, home security systems have moved to smaller and user controlled systems. And now they're a even easier to use, and more mobile if you bring a Homeboy into your home.

With its Wi-Fi security camera, the Homeboy team has created what is likely the easiest-to-set-up home security system currently in existence. On top of that, the Homeboy has a quite a few other excellent features as well that make it possibly the ideal home monitoring setup for anyone.

It is a proved fact that many times best products get made as a result of work done by someone who after getting fed up of a thing or situation decides to take up matter onto their own hands. And one such product of this category is the Homeboy – a low power Wi-Fi motion-detecting security camera launched into the crowded market.

With its Wi-Fi security camera, the Homeboy team has created what is likely the easiest-to-set-up home security system currently in existence. On top of that, the Homeboy has a quite a few other excellent features as well that make it possibly the ideal home monitoring setup for anyone.


Homeboy Security Camera

A wireless indoor security camera that mounts via a magnetic base and connects to your iOS or Android device over Wi-Fi. It has an alarm, a motion detector and a camera that takes 640×480 video. Video here. More here.


Homeboy Surveillance Camera Made Affordable

If you are looking for an IP camera for home security, you may want to look at Homeboy.

It eliminates almost every drawback in security cameras. It doesn’t cost a fortune. You will be able to buy one soon without having to contribute to a crowd funding campaign.

Homeboy is a newly launched home security system that competes with the likes of Dropcam, which was acquired by Google’s Nest Labs earlier this year.

Homeboy is touted “the world’s first wire-free, Wi-Fi security camera,” able to last three months on a single charge. It’s also said to be the only social home security system as it lets you invite your trusted family and friend network to help protect your home when you’re away.

The Homeboy app includes built-in features such as geo-location software to automatically arm or disarm the device when the owners arrive or leave, pet mode and delayed notifications. The device is also compatible with IFTTT, allowing it to communicate with more than 130 smart home applications. The Homeboy Channel on IFTTT enables owners to create recipes that connect it to Nest, Phillips Hue, Dropbox, Facebook and Twitter.

Homeboy is a simple new self-contained security system made up of wireless, rechargeable cameras with built-in alarms that attach to a home magnetically. The cameras communicate over a home wireless network, sending alerts to connected smartphones when a problem arises. The Homeboy is currently available for pre-order, and shipping is scheduled to begin on November 1st, 2014.

Cleverly named Homeboy, Richards’ new security system looks to democratize a service that’s remained largely unchanged for three decades until the advent of the smart home. Launching in public beta today, Homeboy comes with an industry first: long-life, Wi-Fi cameras. Equipped with a custom lithium ion battery, the wireless cameras will go three months between charges (yes, Homeboy will alert you when the battery is getting low).

There are plenty home security systems to choose right now, but if you’re looking for something that’s really easy to install, let’s talk about Homeboy. Touted as ‘the world’s most accessible home security system’, this new product is a self-contained security system that runs on your existing Wi-Fi network, is completely wire-free, and doesn’t additional hardware to be set up.

Today, Homeboy released their slick based battery-powered Wi-Fi cameras. What you probably haven’t heard is how Homeboy proactively tested the security of their cameras with 20 of Bugcrowd’s elite security researchers before launching.