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Electronic PeepHole Viewer by Brinno

Getting A Better Bead on the Caller: The Electronic PeepHole Viewer

I'm a grandmother myself and experience some mild frustration and embarrassment when I have occasional gaps in memory or feelings of vulnerability. It is a total thrill for me to find that someone (elves?) is busily inventing supports to my continuing to live a long, healthy, happy and safe life in my own home. I have come across a wonderful electronic aid to enhance my feelings of security that I would like to review today.

Scoping that Stranger at My Door I have always been a little on the shy and anxious side when strangers come calling. I like people, but I don't trust everyone who rings my doorbell, and just the doorbell's ding-dong can shoot up my anxiety level, particularly if I'm home alone. With some slight vision issues I have found it difficult to eyeball a caller's face clearly enough through the conventional peephole. At night it is more difficult to see, even with a porch light on. So, you can imagine how excited I was to run across the Electronic PeepHole Viewer by Brinno.

Here is a collection of positive comments users of the PeepHole Viewer have shared:

  • very easy to install-- didn't need to call in an electrician or be a handyman-sort
  • uses an LCD panel to turn the person at the door into a magnified, in-colour image without alerting them to the viewer
  • night-time use is enhanced by using bright porch lighting
  • you can zoom in to see facial details, up to 25 yards away
  • uses 2 AA batteries and shuts off to conserve battery power
  • no fuss about seeing without your 'glasses getting in the way'
  • can set for wide angle viewing (like a digital camera)
  • can use it just to get a look-see at the area around your door whether someone is calling or not

Certainly worth considering in these times of "home invasions" and not knowing your neighbors as well as you might have in the old days. Any 'gadget' that combines security, clarity, and convenience is a sure-go for this granny!

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paxwill 6 years ago from France

I didn't know these existed, thanks for the info. We have a lot of people canvassing in our neighborhood, or trying to pass out petitions and religious pamphlets every weekend. Sometimes it's easier to just ignore people than to open the door and tell them to bug off.


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techygran 6 years ago from Vancouver Island, Canada Author

yes, sometimes the passive route is safer as well... and maybe even kinder lol (having been someone who went door to door and having been told to bug off in much ruder language). Glad you found this useful. I'm planning to highlight something everyday that will take some of the sting out of growing older-- new technologies, new enriching longevity information, personal experiences on the boomer train lol.


ed 6 years ago

sounds like it is better than the old fashioned former ones


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techygran 6 years ago from Vancouver Island, Canada Author

hi ed... i think you're right :-) ~Cynthia


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FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

Sounds very useful.


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techygran 2 years ago from Vancouver Island, Canada Author

FlourishAnyway, yes, I'm thinking that "useful" is an apt descriptor for this security gadget. Thank you for your comment!


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old albion 2 years ago from Lancashire. England.

Hi techygran. This a nice simple and informative hub. I shall consider it in the future. Thank you.

Graham.


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techygran 2 years ago from Vancouver Island, Canada Author

Thank you Graham, for your kind words. I do believe that there is a vast market for 'security' technology where the Boomer generation is concerned.


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RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

Looks like an item worth checking out no matter what the age! Security becomes more of an issue for everyone as criminal activity increases. I wouldn't mind having one of these gadgets just to be able to check outside before going out the door.


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techygran 2 years ago from Vancouver Island, Canada Author

Yes, Roberta, I agree! One that I could take with me when I visited my kids where they live in a minor metropolis, too. Maybe one for them for Christmas! Yes, security has grown as a big issue. Thanks for your comments! ~Cynthia


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Besarien 8 months ago

This is a good addition for anybody, but it would be a very meaningful gift for an older person. My uncle is extremely hard to shop for on occasions- has everything, no hobbies, generally curmudgeonly and hard to please. It seems to insult him when we "waste good money buying him junk." This seems like the perfect gift plus the note that we will come over on a Saturday, bring brunch, and install it for him. If we don't do it I'm confident it won't get done at all. However, when it is up and running, I think he will love it and wonder how he made do without getting a good look at who is out there. Thanks for this idea! By the way, it's still a good idea to take other precautions. Home invaders have been known to dress like postmen or UPS, bring an empty box or flower arrangement just to get a foot in the door. Be paranoid. Ask for ID. Better safe than sorry.


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techygran 8 months ago from Vancouver Island, Canada Author

Thank you Besarien, I would be pleased to have you as my loving neice in my sometimes-curmudgeonly state of life. I agree that a little healthy paranoia is a good thing these days, particularly for the old and frail.

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