VTech phone lets you talk to the burglar in your home
FANCY the idea of knowing a burglar is in your home? What about being able to talk to them directly to tell them the police are on the way?
VTech, which makes cordless phones and baby monitors, has launched what it says is the world's first home phone that let users monitor their home internally via the cordless handsets and base - or remotely via alerts to a mobile phone.
VS150's home monitoring capabilities extends to Contact Sensors that let users know if anything they care about has been opened or closed.
Motion Sensors alert them if there's movement around the home.
A Garage Door Sensor that tells them if the garage door is up or down.
When any sensor is triggered, the technology provides tailored internal alarms to the base and handsets, as well as having the capability to silently call up to three programmable external numbers to notify the user.
The owner can even remotely access the VS150 base to listen and/or speak to whoever is in the home.
"Being a tech savvy nation, Australia has a fascination with the smart homes of tomorrow," says Mark Franklin, managing director of VTech Telecommunications Australia.
"The VS150 is unique, affordable and innovative and the really interesting part is that users are able to remotely interact with the home once the alarm has triggered.
"This could be as critical as alerting intruders that the police are coming or as practical as letting the kids know you're aware they are home when they should be at school."
The device is priced at $249.00 and will be available from major retailers across Australia including JB Hi Fi and Harvey Norman.
The sensors use Ultra Low Energy (ULE) technology and run on non-rechargeable batteries.
VTech says the system is easy to install with no expensive wiring required.
The product detects when a battery is running low and alerts users to this fact.
The package comes with two contact sensors but the device can support up to 30 sensors simultaneously.
The advanced Motion Sensors can be programmed to ignore the thermal and motion signatures of medium sized pets, avoiding unwanted alarms.