Wi-Fi Security cameras can already work quite well as baby monitors, but they are not tailored for the job. Dedicated baby monitors are usually still better, but thanks to a new update, the ecobee SmartCamera arguably the best dual-use case yet. Or at least you don̵
And you could use any old security camera if you want, but ecobee’s update is appealing to anyone with a newborn. During setup, you can now select “Baby Monitor Mode”, and it will make some quick changes to how the camera works. Some changes will keep your baby more comfortable, such as dimming the camera’s LEDs at night and making it more difficult to activate the siren.
Others should give you peace of mind. When baby monitor mode is on, you will be able to access a continuous audio only mode. You don’t always have to see the little one; often it is enough to hear them. Continuous audio mode allows you to switch to other apps or lock your phone and still hear your child. If something catches your eye, go back to the ecobee app (for iOS and Android) to get video.
If you want, you can activate the selective audio mode, which focuses on the sounds your little one is making and eliminates background noise. Since it is a security camera, you can set motion zones around the crib or play area that will alert you when your child is moving without noticing movement outside the zone. You can play white noise using Alexa built right into the camera, and there’s two-way audio, of course.
The update is free to all ecobee SmartCamera owners, and the company has even put together a “Sweet Dreams Baby Kit” that includes the camera, an ecobee motion sensor and thermostat. You will spend $ 50 less on the bundle than buying the items individually.
Now a baby monitor
Already a competent security camera, the ecobee SmartCamera now doubles as a baby monitor with new enhanced functions.