Yoics Turns Your Webcam Into a Security/Time-lapse Camera


If you’ve ever thought to yourself, “I wish there were a way to keep tabs on my home when I’m away WHILE providing a steady stream of updates to Twitter or a time-lapse clip at the end of the day” well, you’re in luck. Yoics today released the latest version of self-titled software which does just that.

Yoics (which stands for Your Own Internet Connected Stuff) is a software download that basically turns items on your PC, such as photo albums, documents folders or webcams, into web links that you can access from any browser.

With today’s release, Yoics lets you turn your webcam into a motion-sensing surveillance camera that can upload recorded footage to YouTube and automatically send a Twitter notification with every event detected (or you can watch events unfold live). Additionally, at the end of each day, Yoics can assemble all of that footage into a single time-lapse video.

In a phone interview, Yoics President and CEO Ryo Koyama told us that he thinks this time-lapse angle will broaden the appeal of the software beyond just security, giving people the ability to share entire days of any popular point of interest, like sunsets or a bird feeder (though, hopefully, someone can come up with something more interesting).

We’ll have to take his word for it for now, since Yoics is only for Windows. Lame! We wanted to find out exactly what our dogs do while we’re out.

There are others trying to make networked home surveillance easier; Avaak launched its Vue personal video network earlier this year, but that’s a hardware play.

Based in Palo Alto, Calif., Yoics was founded in mid-2006 and has four employees. The company has raised $1.2 million in angel funding and is currently seeking more. It makes money by licensing its networking software to digital camera and other device makers, and will have a Yoics Pro account that will enable additional features for a fee.



It’s about time something like this came out for PCs. Periscope has been giving Mac users similar capabilities for years.

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