Now here's the secret sauce. Previously, if you wanted to view a Webcam installed in your home or office, you had to modify the firewall and add "holes" through it to allow the outside world to peer in. This also meant that anyone that could find that hole could also exploit it, not to mention cyberstalk you through your own Webcam. The Vue avoids these troubles by turning the Webcam model inside out... literally. The Vue Gateway instead makes a secure connection to my.vuezone.com, but outbound so that your home firewall sees it just like another computer on your home network. You then give your family and friends access to my.vuezone.com through profiles that control when and what they can see of your personal life. Say, for instance, that the kids are growing up and insist that they don't need a babysitter. However, you're out on your 30th anniversary and you don't have a Web browser handy. So instead you give granny access to the Vue Cameras through my.vuezone.com and she can watch the kids remotely. You've just given the kids their first breath of "freedom" while still having the warm and fuzzy of granny keeping an eye on them.
Below are some screen images of the interface where you can see thumbnails of clips I recorded in the lab. Playback is as simple as dragging the camera to the work area and clicking on it.
Here's something I really need to point out: The Vue doesn't have motion detection and its 2Lux camera sensitivity isn't exactly low light! Now before you click away, remember that this isn't technically a security device. It's in the same category as a nanny cam. But as you can see in the above screenshot, you can set this system up to schedule grabbing of video clips or still images. Not terribly different from quite a few VCR based security recorders. I've been given hints by Gioia and others that this is only the first iteration of the FrameMesh technology and that we may see a version slanted more towards the commercial market. However, this version is targeted at the home user. Avaak is going after the low hanging fruit first.
Pricing: $299 for 2 camera kit, and $99 for additional cameras. Repeaters available separately. Recurring costs: first year free, subsequent years are $19.95 for the 2gig storage maintenance. Additional storage can be purchased. Note: Avaak will be taking pre-orders for the product on the Vue Web site starting Monday March 2 and will be shipping the product in early summer 2009.