Hi-tech dad makes sure he can keep an eye on the kids
A TECHNOLOGY fan has built a device that lets him keep an eye on his children wherever he is in the world.
Rupert Plumridge, 35, of Emersons Green, uses a night vision camera to watch his kids on a live feed on his tablet, smartphone or laptop.
The webcam can be moved via remote control, has night vision and a speaker so that parents can read their kids a bed time story.
Mr Plumridge, a research manager at Lloyds Bank said that it cost him around £50 to put together the device.
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Mr Plumridge, who has a two-year-old daughter Lily and six-month old baby Dominic, first started the project in 2010.
He said: "I can view it on my phone anywhere in the world if you have a mobile network connection.
"I was in London a couple of days ago, and I watched my son and daughter going to sleep.
"Some people might think it's a bit 'Big Brothery' but it's more just to know they're OK.
"The webcam looks like a glowing eye. It could be a bit freaky but Lily doesn't mind. It reassures her, she knows mummy and daddy are looking out for her.
"I found other devices were very limiting – this allows me to move the camera around to see what my kids are doing.
"It's not an alternative to a babysitter but it's really useful if you're away from home and you want to see your kids. I would definitely recommend it for other parents.
"I think when I'm not there it makes our children feel reassured.
"The webcam has a speaker so that parents can read their kids a bed-time story – but it makes you sound like Darth Vader."