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With the Vue, you and your business can have video-backed peace of mind.

Vue Personal Video Network

Ever want a quick peek at what's actually happening down at the shop? Then check out the Vue Personal Video Network from San Diego-based Avaak. For about the price of a cell phone, this wire-free, self-installable video system gives business owners a video feed of anything from their back office to the office in the back of their house.

The Vue, which tosses a decent-quality video stream up on any broadband web connection, is based on a proprietary, ultra-low-power video transmission spec developed with $8 million in funding and grants from the U.S. Department of Defense that would give soldiers low-cost cameras they could leave behind in the field.

"For the consumer, it's a zero-configuration device that reduces the friction for putting video into just about any location," says Avaak founder Gioia Messinger.

The Vue comes with two cameras for $299, plus $20 for service after the first year. It has its charms--it can run for a year on a single battery, for one--but it does take some getting used to. The system doesn't offer a live video feed; rather, it streams images only when prompted. Although the video quality is surprisingly good, it is nowhere near a high-end video system.

Yet for a fraction of the cost of a full-featured security system, you can get a live glimpse of your home, your office--maybe even that new employee who gives you a weird vibe.

Jonathan Blum is a freelance writer and the principal of Blumsday LLC, a Web-based content company specializing in technology news.

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This article was originally published in the September 2010 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: Get a Visual.

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