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iSpy - Web Cams

iSpy - Web Cams is a very cool app that can be used for fun and/or education. See live web cam shots from around the globe - even control some of the cameras!!

The sun is slowly setting right now somewhere on Earth. Watch it as it slowly dips below the horizon line. Then switch views and gaze upon the sun reemerging on the opposite side of our great planet.

Is it raining in Japan? Is there snow in Sweden? Anyone on the beach in Honolulu? Open iSpy and find out right now.
 



Choose your category....if you wish, or choose a location.

 


Switzerland..........    Italy............. 


 


Or let it go random.

 

 

Bottom Line: Totally worth $0.99 - whether you are a voyeur or not.

I give it a 9 out of 10 iPhones


 

(http://skjm.com/ispy/)

Details from their "Help" menu:

Overview
 

iSpy allows you to view and control real-time public video cameras from around the world with your iPhone or iPod touch over WiFi, 3G, and EDGE.
  • Swipe back and forth between pages of camera thumbnails that are updating in real-time.
  • Tap a thumbnail to zoom in. Double-tap to zoom out.
  • If the camera supports it, tap the Control button to control it. (You may have to wait in line for your turn.)
  • Swipe to move the camera, pinch to zoom in and out. (Zoom may not be supported by some cameras.)
  • Choose from a number of camera presets, if avaialble.
  • Save cameras as your favorites.
  • Rate cameras.

Choose from the following camera list tabs:

  • Random - Displays a random selection of cameras.
  • Top Rated - Displays the cameras sorted by average rating.
  • Most Recent - Displays the cameras sorted by the date and time they were added.
  • Favorites - Displays your favorite cameras.

You can also search through the database of cameras by

  • Category
  • Country
  • State
  • City
  • Keywords

or whether or not they support Pan-Tilt-Zoom (PTZ) remote control.


Camera Controls

If a camera supports user control, the Control button will appear. Tap it to request control of the camera. If the button turns red, you will need to wait the time displayed before you will gain control. If the button turns green, then you currently have control for at least the time displayed.


- Tap to request control of the camera.

- You are currently waiting for control.

- You will be granted control when the time runs out.

- You have control at least until the time runs out.

- You currently have control of the camera.

 

If a camera is "queue-less" then every user who connects to it has control of it at the same time. When this is the case, you will only see the green Control button. This can be either somewhat confusing or entertaining, depending on how you look at it.

If the camera supports it, a Presets button will appear that will allow you to view a list of the camera's position "presets of interest" that you can choose from by tapping them.


- Show / hide the list of camera position presets.

 

Once your time controlling runs out, the button will either stay green or turn black. If it stays green, that means that you will still have control until another user requests it. If it turns black that means that another user was waiting for your time to be up and now they have control. Tap the black Control button again to get back in line.



Favorites - Save to Camera Roll - Ratings

When zoomed in on a camera, tap the Favorite button to toggle whether or not that camera is saved to your list of favorites.


- Camera is a favorite.

- Camera is not a favorite.

Tap the "film roll" button to save a snapshot of the current camera image to your iPhone's Photos Camera Roll.

- Save a snapshot to your Camera Roll.

You may also click the Rate button to rate the camera on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being the worst, and 5 being the best.
- Rate a camera on a scale of 1 (worst) to 5 (best).

 

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