Ulo Interactive Home Monitoring Owl

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Ulo is an interactive security surveillance camera. The reason it comes in a friendly looking owl shape is that Ulo can interact with users using different eye expressions. Its Eye color and expressions will vary situation to situation. Moreover, this security gadget will send you snapshots of your room when the alert mode is turned on.

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Is It a Good Security Gadget?

Ulo only stores a few minutes of video locally. Nothing is sent over a distant third party server. Think of Ulo as your own personal server, so there are no extra fees. After you have installed this gadget in your home, you can access its feed using its dedicated Apps which comes for both iOS and Android. This makes it a greatly useful gadget for keeping an eye on your baby while you are in the kitchen making dinner.

Moreover, It is a very simple way to check what is going on in another room or when you’re away. Ulo streams directly (video & audio) on a secure webpage or mobile apps. This feature is perfect to use Ulo as a baby cam.

Once your smartphone leaves your WiFi network, every movement will be recorded in an animated gif and sent via email. The owl only sends data to your security devices when needed. Moreover, each device has its own password + a second step authentication.

You Can Create IFTTT Recipes For Ulo

If you have been using IFTTT for some time now, you already know what can be achieved using this App. But for those of you who don’t understand the use of this App, here is a quick overview, IFTTT is the freeway to get all your apps and devices talking to each other. How? By creating recipes. For example, you can connect your porch camera with the porch lights. The recipe can be something like this, you can make the porch lights turn on as soon as someone enters your porch.

Ulo is also compatible with IFTTT. It’s the best way to extend its purpose. Ulo functionalities can trigger or be triggered by other connected devices or internet services. For example, you can create IFTTT recipe for saving your motion detection sequences to Dropbox. Know that you are not limited to these recipes only. 

Here are some more recipe ideas:

  • If there is a birthday on my calendar today, then Ulo is happy
  • If the pollen count rises above 6, then change Ulo eyes color to red
  • If you have an appointment, then Ulo is puzzled (You shouldn’t be home)

Wrapping Up!

Ulo is a friendly security camera in the sense that it doesn’t spread a negative vibe. For instance, whenever we see a surveillance camera we are prompted to limit our movements and make sure we don’t do anything stupid. That’s the first instinct. but with Ulo, you don’t make your friends visiting your home feel like they are being watched. The nice Owl-like exterior sends out a friendly vibe. Moreover, Ulo can lay on a flat surface or be hanged on a wall. A set of discrete adhesive neodymium magnet allows you to stick Ulo on every surface effortlessly.

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