Last year I had the pleasure of testing a STEM Innovation IZON Remote Room Monitor, a small WiFi webcam that at the time had the honor of being the easiest webcam I'd ever set up. STEM has just come out with the second-generation device, the US$129.95 IZON 2.0 WiFi Video Monitor, and the company has outdone itself on making the little room monitor even easier to set up.
The external design of the IZON is pretty much identical to last year's model, except the company has fortunately dropped the lower-case "i" on the name in favor of all caps. It's still a diminutive cylinder about 1.25 inches in diameter and about 3.25 inches tall, resting on a magnetic swivel base. It has a tiny cylindrical AC adapter that provides power through a standard USB-to-mini-USB cable.
The company also supplies mounting screws should you decide to slap the camera on a wall or ceiling. It's interesting -- last year's marketing seemed more targeted at parents of newborns, while this year the product appears more oriented towards people who want to keep an eye on their homes. There are even two green "Monitored by IZON" stickers supplied that can be stuck on a door or window to scare away potential thieves.
The big difference doesn't seem to be with the device, but with the accompanying iOS app. The name has changed -- it used to be called "Stem: Connect" and is now known simply as the IZON app. The app is free, but really has no functionality unless you have one or more IZON cameras.
There are some other changes in the app. Previously, it was possible to automatically upload video to a YouTube account. Due to a change in YouTube's terms and conditions, the company now provides its own video hosting to which you can upload up to 25 videos -- either manually recorded or set off by motion or sound detection -- per day. Those videos can be viewed through the app up to seven days later. If you need to save a video of your new puppy ruining a $2,000 Turkish carpet, no worries -- IZON lets you save up to 100 video bits indefinitely.