Windows: Desktop Eye is a small sidebar gadget that puts security camera monitoring in an unobstrusive widget and saves you from running a bulky separate application that may not always be in focus where you can see it.
It's worth noting immediately that Desktop Eye is not an absolutely real-time monitoring solution, you aren't seeing a direct frame-by-frame feed from your remote webcam. Desktop Eye allows you to connect into a a remote directory and view images from a security camera as they are dumped into that directory — both the Desktop Eye author and we recommend previously reviewed YawCam as a great free tool for this. You can read the author's detailed instructions of setting up Desktop Eye with YawCam here.
Once installed Desktop Eye sits in your sidebar and checks the remote location for new pictures at the interval you specify. If you set up your monitoring software and Desktop eye to snap a picture and check for a picture every second or two you could have nearly real-time monitoring.Thanks D3vman!
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