Using smartphones to control smart homes

With most of us carrying a smart computer in our pockets, there are a number of new apps that can potentially let us take control of our personal 'Internet of Things.'

Worried about what your dog is chewing on when you're at work, or whether your home is secure while on vacation? New apps can transform old smartphones into remote security cameras for home monitoring systems.

Presence, which was launched late last month, converts a spare Internet-connected iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch into a free video camera with real-time video and audio streaming, and motion detection and notifications.

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