Google+ Hangouts is bringing people together. The video chat service is just so easy to set up with a click-and-go sort of system. Whether you’re checking in on your kids, pets, or an exotic jewel collection, a home security camera is a great tool for keeping an eye on things from afar and now with video chat capabilities to add to motion detector and alarm settings !

You can use Google Hangouts as an on demand remote camera viewer.

You will need two Google+ accounts to make this work — one for the camera side and another to view the stream. But that shouldn’t be that big of an issue. Simply start a Hangout on one side and then email yourself the URL. Once you’re at work, or wherever, just open the link to look through the other side of the portal!

The little puzzle here is that like many video streaming services, inactivity will kick you from the Hangout. Use a program like Mouse Jiggler to prevent this. It simply sits in the background and inputs fake mouse movements to sustain the Hangout viewer camera.