BrickHouse Security Hidden Cameras Take Over The Today Show

Flipping through your regularly scheduled morning programming, you come to expect certain things: today’s weather, yesterday’s events, and a slew of ways to protect your family using hidden cameras. Wait… what?

Recently, Digital Lifestyle Expert Mario Armstrong dropped by the Today Show with Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb to present a number of surveillance solutions for parents, extreme athletes and anybody else who wishes they could be a little more like James Bond.

In the segment, Armstrong walked the ladies through seven products, six of which are available from BrickHouse Security. In four minutes filled with praise and surprise from the hosts, Armstrong highlights:

AC Adapter Hidden Camera (a motion-activated covert recording device capable of capturing up to 16 hours of video)
iShot Alarm Clock Hidden Cam (a low-cost travel alarm clock that makes a great nanny cam)
SpyShades Hidden Cam Glasses (our ultra-covert sunglasses with a built-in hidden camera)
AngelEye Button Mini Cam (comes with interchangeable buttons to match any shirt)
WriteShot HD Hidden Pen Camera (a cool, working pen that records audio and video and snaps still photos)
MP3 Player Hidden Camera (looks and functions like a typical portable music player)
Black Box Micro (an easy-to-use device that allows you to make your own hidden camera)

What Armstrong forgot to mention, though we’re sure he wanted to, is that Christmas is right around the corner, and any of these products make a great gift for the gadget geek or budding secret agent in your family.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003407151705 Jerald

    The is my second set in this group of serciuty products. I’ve added on a few components and learned how to deal with more of the system’s features and quirks. As far as home serciuty camera systems go, this is a very nice value. While I haven’t had any issues with the components I have purchased, the previous incarnation did have some warts that have hopefully been addressed with this update. This unit includes the Wilife management software, one indoor camera, suction cup mount, bar mount, table stand and power and USB connectors. I like the product, although there are some reservations. You have to know your needs very well in order to know if this is right for you. The design of the indoor cameras is very unique though somewhat blocky. The outdoor cameras are more traditionally shaped. In any event, they all seem to work well once set up. PROS: + Updated hardware and software should improve reliability and ease of use + Nice power over Ethernet design means no batteries needed + Nice price for a fully functioning starter system + Improved cell phone and email alert features + Very easy to add cameras to the system + Nice available accessories to add on to your installation + Nice interface for management software with many customizable settings + Default settings will meet the needs of novice users without adjustments + System is motion activated, saving storage space + Video recordings are easily backed, copied, or erased + Video can be accessed via live feed over the internet + Firmware updates are readily available, with caveats CONS: – Installation can be somewhat time-consuming – Despite what they tell you, DO NOT ENABLE AUTOMATIC FIRMWARE UPDATES!!! Do them manually – Some features require a premium subscription at an additional cost – The starter set should have included at least one more camera – Lack of audio will disappoint more demanding users – Latency on website video access – Software interface requires some getting used to CONSIDERATIONS 1. Your camera must be close to an outlet to connect it via the included 10 foot cable. 2. You have to manually adjust the camera focus, so adjust it before mounting. 3. Your computer must meet the hardware and software requirements. 4. Your computer must be on all the time for video recording. 5. You will need a broadband connection to access this video remotely. 6. This power-line connection will work better with newer wiring. 7. It’s best to set up extra hard drive space for at least 10 GB of videos. 8. The computer recording video needs to be a PC. A Mac running Windows in a virtual machine software might work. INSTALLATION Physically installing the cameras is straightforward. The receiver and the camera must be attached through power outlet via receiver plugs. The system connects to your computer over the power interface via the USB port. The software installation still requires some patience and hardware knowledge. Computers running Windows Vista, Antivirus software and software firewalls will need those serciuty settings disabled to get the Wilife software to install. Still, it’s well worth it to have this system installed on a secure computer. You can re-enable all that stuff when you are done, making sure to allow for your firewall to permit the Wilife software to access the internet. Installing on XP may be slightly easier, but you will still have to deal with disabling your Antivirus or desktop firewall if you are running those. You should want the computer that’s storing your home serciuty video files to be secure. Taking the extra time to have AV and a firewall working is worth the effort. Windows Vista requires a few reboots before the software installs and sees the cameras. On my first installation of the product I experienced some initial hanging, but I had better luck the second time I set up the starter kit in a different location. So the software has been improved, but it is still beneficial to be comfortable with computers. Setup can take about an hour or two depending on how you place your cameras and the speed of your computer. If you have issues, contacting support should be relatively painless, though I have not had to call them with the two systems I have set up. SETTINGS AND EXPANSION The system has options for adding on hardware in terms of more cameras and software in terms of premium features. If you want multiple cameras, you will have to buy those