"In these days all the new netbooks and most laptops
have built-in webcam, or at least add one external costs very
little, apart from the traditional use in video calls you can use
our Linux box to create a monitoring device, it can be used to
monitor your child while you are at another PC, or your pet while
you are at work, or have a home-made video surveillance system for
"To accomplish this we will use the software Motion, the
software is present in many distributions, I will give commands
using my Ubuntu 10.04.
"Feature that made me choose this software is the ability to
remain "asleep" until it detects a noise or movement, and then
activates and records, plus the ability to define custom actions
when it start (send an email, an sms , Etc.)."