The simplest clock cameras look like ordinary wall clocks. They have white faces and black frames and come in a variety of sizes. They function like all other wall clocks but have built-in cameras that allow you to monitor activity occurring within a specified range. Clock cams are limited to unobstructed views within that specified range, so think carefully about the placement of the clock.
When a wall clock will not work for the angle you are trying to capture, consider clocks that sit on a desk or table. There are some elegant desk cameras on the market that will not look out of the ordinary in an upscale office or home. When capturing footage from a bedroom, alarm clock cams will fit right into the decor.
Wireless clock cameras are the easiest to work with, but battery life is sometimes a concern. You can find battery-saving models that stay in sleep mode until motion or body heat is detected within the camera's range. The best cams stream footage to a remote receiver. Some of the best hidden cameras contain DVRs so that you can watch the footage from your computer or television.
What about watching over your children when they are home with the babysitter or nanny? Many families now use nanny cams throughout their homes, and there are some creative clock cameras designed to fit right into a child's bedroom or play area. The Cartoon Clock Hidden Camera offered by BrickHouse Security is a great example. The high-resolution camera captures every move your child makes and delivers the footage in color.
While you cannot be in two places at the same time, you have a responsibility to keep your eyes on your family and home. Covert clock cams become your eyes when life pulls you away from something you love.