We’ve all got things we’d like to keep an eye on when we’re not around. Puppies, children, sandwiches in the break room that you know you didn’t eat and that somebody keeps stealing…hey, we’ve all got something we’re concerned about. And now, with the GooGo, you can keep an eye on it remotely for relatively cheap.
The GooGo is far from the first remote camera you can access with your smartphone, but it’s one of the few that’s effectively cross-platform: Both iPhone and Android users can get in on the fun, although Android users report the app can be a bit variable. The GooGo has both WiFi and app access, so in theory, even across the country you can check out what’s happening at the work fridge. Just boot it up, enter your password, and you’re seeing what the camera sees. In a nice touch, you can access it directly with WiFi, no router necessary.
The camera itself is fairly standard, and in fact is a little bit low end; at three megapixels, and a maximum video resolution of 640 by 480, you aren’t going to be capturing the rich glory of human experience. Also, the GooGo has a fairly obvious weakness; it’s got a fairly standard lithium battery that has to be recharged via USB, so you’re not going to be able to plant it somewhere and leave it for a few days. One assumes that the more functions you use, the faster the battery drains, so if you’re planning on getting a lot of video of Herman from accounting eating your Twinkies, you might want two of them.
On the other hand, it’s probably a good thing that a small, portable, non-obvious camera that costs $70 or even less from various Internet outlets needs to be recharged constantly. Otherwise, we suspect we’d be seeing these things turn up in locker rooms and Victoria’s Secrets across the nation.
Dan Seitz is an obsessive nerd living in New England. He lives in the Boston area with a fiancee, a dog, a cat, and far too many objects with processors.