We're having a baby!!! My wife drug me to BabieRUs, and when I saw the baby monitors for $150-$250 my techie kicked in and said "I bet I could do that for a lot less." I only have a little experience with webcams: for my college thesis where my professor and I set up an IP camera that allowed other researchers to view live feed of my tests. Figured the TR community has more experience and could help me out.
I feel like making a baby monitor is as simple as grabbing an IP camera and using an app on our phones (something like this). The downside of my idea is the fact that people typically leave the baby monitor on all the time while baby is sleeping (night/naps). That's a huge drain on cell phone battery, but I've got a few old cell phones laying around that I can connect to wifi and a wall charger... Or I could just get an audio only monitor to leave on at all times, and use the webcam for "investigating suspicious noises".
I probably need to keep this under $100. So, any recommendations on:
1) Is this a good idea? Or just get a pre-made baby monitor?
2) Webcam suggestions, needs IR/night vision obviously, needs a microphone, no pan/tilt, can be wired or wireless.
3) Software suggestions. I think most IP cameras come with included software, or use an app from Google Play Store.