Daily Giz Wiz 114: Lukwerks

Episode 114 of the podcast

Subject: Review of Lukwerks
Released:Thursday 27 July 2006
Length:about 16 minutes
Download file:DGW-114.mp3 (7.4 MB)
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Short info

The Lukwerks Digital Video Surveillance System lets you watch your home, your office, even your pet from anywhere, even on your cell phone! This is an easy-to-use security system for business and homes. The starter kit is $299 and takes about 20 minutes to set up. The system uses your home's electrical wiring and any Windows PC. The cameras have an onboard processor that powers digital motion detection, real-time Windows Media Video (WMV) encoding, and its own easy to use PC software interface. By encoding the video in the camera, the system significantly reduces bandwidth usage and memory consumption, allowing users to view up to six live video feeds simultaneously on a computer. WiLife's (the Parent Company) Intelligent Image Management automatically adjusts the frame rate, brightness and contrast of the video images according to light conditions. This feature allows LukWerks to continue to capture high-quality video even when there is very little light. Each slim-line camera includes window, wall, and desktop mounting options. With the unique window suction-cup mount, users may place the camera on any window – facing outside the window or inside the room.

Detailed information

Monitor your home or office from afar.  The Lukwerks system is mostly wireless using "Home Plug" technology and your house's AC wiring.  (1) Install the software on a Windows computer.  (2) Plug one end of the USB Receiver to the computer and the other end to an AC outlet.  (3) Plug the power transformer for each camera into an AC outlet, and connect the camera to the transformer via an ethernet cable.

The camera records video only when it senses motion, making it easy to locate recorded events.  With hardware video encoding inside the camera, the system significantly reduces bandwidth.  The video signals are transmitted from the camera via the ethernet cable, the AC wiring, to the USB Receiver connected to the PC.  The Lukwerks Command Center software on the PC acts as a video server, allowing Remote Viewing of up to six live video feeds simultaneously on a computer via the internet.  The Intelligent Image Management automatically adjusts the frame rate, brightness and contrast of the video images according to light conditions (including low light).   Each slim-line camera includes window, wall, and desktop mounting options. With the unique window suction-cup mount, users may place the camera on any window – facing outside the window or inside the room. [play video]

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