remotely access webcam - home monitor?


I am wondering if there is a good application that would allow me to setup a webcam at home, so that if I am at work, I could launch an application my android phone (or via a web browser) that would allow me to view & HEAR what is going on.

It would also be neat if the application running on the home computer could be smart… ie: start recording if there was a loud noise & send an email alert … or similar

I havent purchased any hardware… but was thinking a (USB) for the main and an additional wireless (w/infrared) for being able to move around.

Any comments / experience would be greatly appreciated.


This may help:
Linux Home Automation or

“ZoneMinder is an integrated set of applications which provide a complete surveillance solution allowing capture, analysis, recording and monitoring of any CCTV or security cameras attached to a Linux based machine. It is designed to run on distributions which support the Video For Linux (V4L) interface and has been tested with video cameras attached to BTTV cards, various USB cameras and IP network cameras” etc…