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We use the cellphone camera as a motion detector

Today we will find another use for a modern cell phone with an integrated camera. For example, we will learn how to use it as a mobile security device using the MotionCam J2ME application from Skymetric.

Immediately emphasize the sad fact that the program is paid - the developer asks for it $ 14, but the affordable trial version is even cut down in its functionality, which does not even allow an unsophisticated mortal to glance at least with one eye in the Settings menu. Therefore, we will build our presentation on the basis of public information on the Skymetric website as well as our impressions of using the available version of the Java midlet.

The creators of MotionCam for some reason limited themselves to the phones of a couple of companies - Nokia and Sony Ericsson as well. The rest, apparently, are out of their sight. It's a pity. Recall that the size of the application is also small is only 20 kB.

Before the main launch of the program, we recommend that you immediately allow her to access the phone’s camera without any restrictions (otherwise, the non-stop pop-up dialog box about the encroachment of the application on the hardware resources of the mobile phone will simply torment you). Something we somehow got a little distracted from the main features of the program considered today. So, what is Blah blah so involved in MotionCam that it is so boldly allowed to use it for security purposes?

In the lesson itself, everything is simple: the launched Java midlet through the built-in camera of a mobile phone vigilantly monitors all movements in the territory entrusted to it (more precisely, the district that pleases the lens). In the event that if someone, in some place, somehow manages to slip past, then MotionCam will compile a complete photo file on this suspicious walking object. In other words, any move will be recorded in the phone's memory in the form of separate photos.

Unfortunately, as we have already said, there is no way to get into the settings menu without registration, therefore, what else this program can do besides saving images is impossible. But overall, it would be great to supplement such a miniature security software system with the possibility of SMS notification or, better, sending an MMS message with an attached photo in the kit.

Well, in conclusion, let's imagine a little. We’ll also try to find a practical application for such a combination of “Mobile + MotionCam”.

Car enthusiasts, for example, whose iron crumbs spend the night under the windows, can "point" the phone to the parking zone of the car, but in the morning check by the pictures who offended the native "swallow" (God forbid, of course). Every office employee, as if by chance leaving his cell phone, can spy a little (of course, with some dexterity) for his colleagues. Let's say for a pretty secretary.

These are the ones that are allowed to do classes using MotionCam. What is there to conceal the fall of, the minuses of the proposed solutions - a lot, but the pluses, you see, still eat.