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Using the Windows Phone 8X by HTC as a baby monitor

So what can one do with a pair of HTC 8X Windows Phones, a pan / tilt gimble, WiFi network and a block of wood? It's a superb question and one that HTC engineer Garrett Rysko can answer. A post over on the HTC blog walks us through how an advanced baby monitor was created for his lab partner, Derek Feri. While it's one expensive baby monitor kit, we always enjoy covering DIY projects.

So why was a baby monitor chosen as the project? Rysko explains: "We thought it would be awesome for Derek to be able to see what trouble the baby was getting into without having to get out of bed." Developed as a project for an embedded systems and programming course at the University of Washington, Rysko and Feri designed the monitor to enable one 8X to stream video over WiFi to a second handset, acting as a controller.

The mechanical gimble allows the user to manipulate the viewing angle of the 8X by sending commands over WiFi to modify the position of the mobile phone. What's neat is there's an "Audio Detection Mode" that turns the camera towards sound detected in the room. We'll be the first to say that's rather awesome indeed. The video shows the setup in action, so be sure to have a gander if you're interested in how it works.

It's good to see HTC highlight its own Windows Phones. The manufacturer has been relatively quiet lately, but with small projects like this the company can promote its hardware without going through much trouble. So what are your thoughts on the Windows Phone baby monitor? Think you'll be using one in the future? Let us know in the comments.

Also, we'd love one of those HTC t-shirts.

Source: HTC Blog (opens in new tab)

Rich Edmonds
Senior Editor, PC Build

Rich Edmonds is Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him over on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.

  • My sister in law had a baby monitor she used to watch on her HTC arrive actually, very cool features of these new fangled things
  • New fangled lol
  • LOL for fangling someone
  • say that is pretty awesome!
  • If I was a parent, this is totally something I would do. You expect me to go into the other room to check on my child? Please. (note that this is a joke. I get that this isn't a replacement for actually watching your child)
  • Except that you can buy a baby monitor with infrared camera and monitor the size of a smartphone for about $100 at any baby store. Missing the motor, but makes much more sense.
  • Never thought of using my phone as a baby monitor. Actually a good idea.
  • My wife and I grabbed a foscam 8910 6 months ago when our son was born and use it for a baby cam. On android she uses tiny cam as her app of choice for viewing and hearing the feed. I've run into a bit of a road block on my ativ s tho as I can't find a decent ip cam app for wp8. Currently using ip cam controller but no audio is an obvious major downfall. Anyone know of an IP cam app for wp8 that supports foscam with audio?
  • I use for my foscam and other cameras. For the phone I use the mobile webpage.
  • That was super awesome. Very impressive.
  • Hmmm can 8x spot the gnomes who stole underwear pants??
  • Need to have a story called HTC 8x used as a doorstop lol
  • What?
  • Exactly
  • Very impressive.
  • Haters will hate.
  • Hater will hate while being watched by the hidden baby hate cam
  • did that with S60 starting on my N95 with wifi infrared camera on 3gp stream :) :) :) gooo Symbian lol
  • Might as well, can't use it for anything else
  • There is also an app that acts a baby monitor.