Webcam Monitoring Used in Newborn ICUs
Here’s an interesting article describing how webcams are being used in newborn ICUs at Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans, amongst other institutions.
The article uses the term “webcam” but it looks to be a specialized IP camera rather than a webcam most people are familiar with, and I should hope it’s specialized, given the price – $9000 per camera!
Obviously this type of specialized application is in its early days, but the idea of video monitoring your children at daycare for example, has been around for some time. These sorts of applications will continue to explode if current video surveillance trends continue, not least of which is the price of IP cameras coming down, combined with the power and simplicity of cloud computing.