I recently stumbled upon an oddball mix of technologies that I’ve cobbled together into something so geeky that I can’t help but admire it.
I have a Ring Solar Panel powering a 9 Ring Stick Up Cam security camera that connects to the internet via a Wi-Fi hotspot running on an old Android phone plugged into a power outlet.
When someone presses the Ring, I receive an instant alert from the familiar mechanical bell.
If I’m not expecting anyone, I can wait a few seconds for the alert to appear on my phone so I can check the video.
To qualify, an app had to have more than 2,000 reviews across the App Store and the Google Play store.
Applause found that, in general, the most popular US dating apps trailed other apps in quality by 23 points (out of 100).
Ring tells me that its cameras aren’t designed for such slow connections. The Stick Up Cam is meant for home security and that means relatively fast residential Wi-Fi and broadband.
As such, my video streams are choppy with lots of visible compression artifacts.It lacks internet, though (thus the mobile Android hotspot).I’ve been testing the Stick Up Cam in this configuration for a few weeks and find that it serves my needs surprisingly well.That's a big difference, and perhaps indicates that people take out their dating woes on the apps they use.But regardless, there were stark differences between popular apps like Tinder, Ok Cupid, Bumble, and Hinge.It’s more functional than I had imagined, and it's the most wireless, wireless camera solution we'll see until power can also be transmitted over the air.