There's something quite soothing about checking in on the world, making sure that people are going about their business in every corner of the globe. I've always had an interest in webcam technology. The first time I was able to take control of a webcam in Times Square, even if only for a brief moment, was a real future-shock moment for me - being able to replace the lifeless view from my office window with the vibrant streets of New York city.
With the iSpy Cameras app every iPad owner with a internet connection can watch the Polar bears play at San Diego Zoo, the yachts glide through San Francisco Bay and the midnight sun finally set in Tromso. The world is right there, right at your finger tips.
There are hundreds of websites that aggregate webcams, so what makes iSpy Cameras special? In short, it's slick. Within 10 seconds of opening up the app you are presented with 36 live webcams randomly selected from across the globe. Swiping from right to left updates the display with another 36 live views. Tapping on one of the thumbnail previews enlarges it to full screen, double-tap and you are back to the thumbnail view.
Beyond this simple camera selection system is the ability to easily favourite a camera, save an image to your camera roll, rate the camera and, in many cases, even control the camera for a minute or two. The camera control is done in true iPad style, pinch to zoom and swiping left, right, up and down.
The thumbnail previews can be group randomly, by highest rating and most recently added. You can also search for a specific webcam via several criteria.
The images above represent just a small selection of some of my favourite scenes. Almost every type of environment is available, from a busy shop on the corner of a suburban street, to a majestic landscape at the top of the world.
Internal links to Google maps and Wikipedia, along with FaceBook and Twitter support would make iSpy Cameras a near perfect iPad app. Even in its currently form, it's an essential purchase.
App Store Link: iSpy Cameras