#ManyThings App UpdateBrings Remote Features

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Manythings isn’t a
hardware solution at all
— it’s an app. Free to
download via iTunes,
Manythings makes itself
available to just about
any iDevice you have so
long as its running iOS
6 or later. If you’ve got
the hardware, you’ve
got a home security
camera.
A good one, too.
The Manythings app
has quite a bit of
features, and is a pretty
impressive piece of kit
when you consider it’s
totally free. You can
create motion detection,
and even adjust the
sensitivity of alerts.
Manythings also lets
you draw custom
detection zones, so you
won’t be bothered with
a cat that mulls about
on the couch.
Livestreaming is also
available.
If you cleverly position
Manythings, you can
also take advantage of
both the front and rear
cameras on your device.

As far as granular
controls are concerned,
Manythings is pretty
impressive. You can
turn audio on or off,
control the flashlight
feature, and even
remotely start your
camera with the latest
update. Their cloud
storage options are also
really nice, with a 12-
hour recorded stream
being made available
for free. If you add
more devices to your
account, or a longer
recording timeframe, a
monthly fee may apply.
Manythings tells us
they’re still working on
pricing, and are
currently sourcing
feedback.

With their IFTTT
channel, Manythings
makes sure you’ll be
able to better automate
your home automation!
You can trigger your
livestream, kick
Manythings on when
your Nest smoke alarm
goes off, and even stop
streaming when you get
home.

The downside?
Manythings requires
you to mount or prop
your phone up, and has
no wall-mount to speak
of. It’s also dependent
on your device’s power,
so the short Lightning
cable you got with your
iDevice might not work
so well if you want it at
the top of a bookcase.
You can, of course, go
wireless; you’ll just
have to plug your stuff
in now and then (more
now that then).

Another possible
downer is that
Manythings uses your
iOS device camera.
While good, they lack a
wide field of vision, so
you’re best left to use
Manythings in an open
area without many
blind spots.

Livestream is also a bit
laggy, as it has to go
through the cloud first.
It didn’t miss a beat,
but a ten second delay
was evident.

The upside? It’s free
(mostly), and you might
already have a device to
use with it. Manythings
tells us they’re working
on an Android app, too,
and hope to have it out
very early in 2015. For
existing iOS users, you
can take advantage of
Apple’s find my phone
feature. What other
home security camera
has theft detection?
If you’ve got an old
iPhone, iPad, or iPod
laying around, we
suggest you give
Manythings a shot.
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Nate Swanner
With home security
becoming easier to get
hold of, one small issue
remains. There are
solutions — popular
ones, too — but home
security cameras are
still fussy, and often
require a heft
investment. Manythings
doesn’t ask that you
make any kind of big
investment, though. In
fact, Manythings is a
free app, with free cloud
recording, and works
with a device you may
already have. Could it
really replace the home
security camera,
though? For many, it
just might, and might
even be a better

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