I don’t understand how TinyCam can work with these cameras (and even serve out the video in more open formats) but something like Blue Iris hasn’t figured it out. Did TinyCam just luck out and reverse engineer something that worked? A cynical person would think the reason there’s not a way to view them from a PC is a marketing/business model one and not a technical one. But since they don’t charge for cloud storage or access to view the cameras via the phone app (yet?) I can’t think of what that motivation would be other than wanting you to have the app on your phone… if you can view the cams through other means, would you need the app?
I am puzzled because clearly from searching people have been clamoring for the ability to view these from a PC… preferably a browser. I just can’t shake the feeling that it’s not a technical or resource limitation that’s in play.
Edit:… no sooner did I click to post it dawned on me. Is it being kept closed to do partnerships with 3rd parties like Amazon Echo Show, or maybe that’s how TinyCam works? A more open standards-based approach would no doubt scuttle the ability to do such deals. I mean it’s a $20 camera. Its cool if that’s how they’re wanting to monetize, but it’s felt kind of disingenuous because people want it, they say they understand the desire but haven’t been transparent (that I am aware of) why it doesn’t work from a browser or PC when it clearly could.