Nintendo Switch Calculator Developers Reveal Infrared Security App
Nintendo Switch game publisher Sabec has hit the Nintendo Switch eShop with yet another questionable app; Spy Alarm.
Watch Out for Intruders With Nintendo Switch Spy Alarm
Forget spending a fortune on expensive security cameras. The company behind the Nintendo Switch Calculator app, Sabec, has the perfect solution for you. Why? Well, its new Spy Alarm app can turn any JoyCon into an infrared security system… kind of.
Like the Calculator app we previously reported on, the Spy Alarm app costs $9.99 and is available from the Nintendo eShop as of May 27th, 2021.
If you’d like to download the app then head to the Spy Alarm page at Nintendo.com. We suggest you read on, first, to see what the app is all about before you part with your cash.
What Does the Spy Alarm App Do?
The Spy Alarm app makes use of the original Switch’s JoyCon (sorry Lite owners), using the infra-red beam to allow you to make sure no intruders enter the space it is protecting.
According to the eShop page, "Spy Alarm works by transmitting an invisible infra-red trip wire which if broken sounds an alarm." Whoa, watch out there Ethan Hunt, we’ve got eyes on you!
Apparently you can choose from four exciting alarm sounds. You just can’t play on your Switch with the alarm active…
How Does the Spy Alarm Work?
So how does it work? Spy alarm transmits an invisible infra-red beam from IR Camera at the bottom of the right Joy-Con, if someone or something crosses the beam, the beams bounces back to the IR Camera which then sounds the alarm.
This sounds an awful lot like most security systems that make use of IR. However, don’t be thinking you can protect your 1999 First Edition Shadowless Holographic Charizard Pokémon card with the Spy Alarm. It likely isn’t up to the job.
Why? Well, the description goes on to say:
Spy Alarm works better if placed on the edge of a flat surface with a range of up to 1 metre and even further when a white or reflective object breaks the beam.
Let’s just dissect this a moment. OK, so a flat surface is fine, we’re good with that. However, let’s consider intruders for a moment. Have you ever seen an intruder dressed in white sweats? Nope, didn’t think so. How about considering their road safety and wearing reflective gear? Us neither.
Because intruders depend on remaining as inconspicuous as possible, we can’t imagine them suddenly changing tack and wearing brightly colored burglarizing gear. So, with that in mind, the app won’t guard your stuff.
Besides, if an intruder sees your Switch JoyCon on a table by the door, they will probably pick it up, pop it in their swag bag, and then hunt down the rest of your console…
Don’t Protect Your Home With Your JoyCon
It goes without saying that you shouldn’t try to protect your home with a Switch JoyCon. Rather, you’d be better off spending the $10 on an actual game and then thinking about investing in a proper security system.
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May 24, 2021 at 06:23AM