App Review: SlothCam [App Store] – Webcam viewing application
SlothCam is an official iTunes app store application created by Jackson Myers. This is a webcam application unlike any other and is available for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. Other webcam viewing applications that are available only allow you to browse pre-determined webcams that are bundled with the application. SlothCam is unique in that it allows you to add as many webcams as you want from anywhere in the world. SlothCam also comes bundled with some great webcams right out of the box, but the great thing about it is that you can add any webcam you want so the possibilities are endless.
Below you can see a picture of the app in action. This is a local webcam I have added from the Mayo Clinic in Minneapolis where I live. On a normal day you would be able to see our beautiful skyline in the background, unfortunately we are currently getting hit with 8-12" of snow so it doesn't look like much:
There are a few different methods of adding your own webcams to this app. Firstly, Jackson has created a script on his website that will allow you to generate a link that will import the webcam right into the app for you. Click here to go to the link generator. If you are browsing from your computer you will have to copy and send the link to your iDevice, otherwise if you access the link generator from your iDevice itself all you have to do is click the generated link and the webcams will be directly imported into the app. You can also simply type the URL, name and desired refresh rate of your webcam into the app itself by clicking the "i" button in the lower right corner.
Please click here for a link that contains HD webcams of Tokyo, Frankfurt, Athens and the Eiffel Tower
Here is a video tutorial of how to add your own webcams to the application:
Here is a video demonstration of the application in action:
SlothCam started out as a Mac OSX widget. Since it's initial release in 2005 it has been downloaded over 100,000 times and has receieved a 4.5/5 star rating on the popular Mac review site MacUpdate. This application is the perfect solution for monitoring traffic, checking ski/surf conditions, or just watching any live webcam in the world from your iDevice. SlothCam is available in the iTunes app store for $0.99 and is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.
Jackson has been kind enough to leave us with some codes for this great application. If you would like to be entered to win this application for free, please send us an e-mail by clicking here. In the subject line please put "SlothCam license giveaway" or you will not be entered. In 48 hours from the time of this post I will select 5 users at random who will receive a code to download the full version of SlothCam for free!
If you would like to try out SlothCam before you buy it, there is a free version of SlothCam available for download in the App Store as well that has ads and is missing some features that the full version has.