When I was a kid visiting my grandparents in their state-of-the-art 1970s home in Texas, I always thought it was cool that they had a built-in intercom system connecting a number of rooms, though they never seemed to use it. These days they could do it with WiFi and Skype, as a mega-value reader writes in to say:
"I introduced a friend to Skype. He and his neighbours have younger children. Within 2 weeks all have stared using Skype, have introduced wifi in their homes. Why? Put the laptop (if necessary with an external microphone) or PC with microphone near the baby or children, add a ticking clock as auditive check if the line is open, and voila….
- you can ask neighbours to listen in as a babysit
- you can go to friends, and listen yourself too by using the conference call facility
They love it…"