Compiled by Erin J. Fellores, Managing Editor

A USB drive that turns your computer or laptop into a digital video recording surveillance system? It’s true, and it comes from Swann Security. The USB 2.0 DVR Guardian is compact, portable system turns any PC or laptop into an advanced surveillance system capable of monitoring home, office or retail space. Simply plug it directly into the computer’s USB port. The DVR supports up to four channels, so users can choose to display and record live video from one to four cameras. It can be programmed for recording at a specified time, set for motion detection or set up to auto e-mail notifications to the user’s e-mail account upon motion activation. Furthermore, the entire security system can be viewed and controlled remotely via the Internet.