What started out as a concept for a home security system, turned into a sort of electronic family bulletin board.

Danny Robinson developed Perch with his Vancouver-based start-up. Essentially what Perch does is use old devices like iPods and converts them into security cameras, which then captures moments in video vignettes and notifies everyone in the family via their iPhones, iPod Touches or iPads .

“My daughter came home and she showed me her report card by holding it up to the camera,” Robinson told the Vancouver Sun.

“I saw on my phone that a message was left for me from the security camera and I immediately realized – in the four months since this thing had been installed in my house I saw no bad guys, but every single day I watched my family walking around home,” he said.

Robinson’s kitchen Perch camera is a $149 refurbished iPod touch but he says any iOS device with a front-facing camera would do.

To use Perch, all you need to do is install the free app from Apple’s app store, sign up and add your family members. The Perch app runs in the background, explains the Vancouver Sun, and when someone steps in front of the camera, its facial recognition software prompts it to turn on the microphone and start recording a video.

Perch is already being used around the world. Robinson tells the Sun that one of its most popular uses is keeping an eye on household pets.

For more on the app, read the Vancouver Sun article in its entirety.

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