Nest to release smart outdoor security camera
Thu 14 Jul 2016
Google’s Nest Labs is introducing a further IoT product to its portfolio with the addition of an outdoor security camera. The device is the company’s fourth ‘smart’ solution, after its popular connected thermostat, smoke alarm and indoor camera.
The new outdoor camera, which attaches to the wall of a house with a strong magnet, will connect to the mains power supply and stream live 1080p HD video to the Nest smartphone app. All of the recorded data is end-to-end encrypted.
Users will be able to angle the camera and mark specific areas that they would like monitoring. The wide-angle viewing lens spans 130 degrees, and has a two-way microphone, allowing owners to communicate directly with people who are detected by the camera.
Maxime Veron, head of hardware product marketing at Nest, noted in a statement that new deep learning technologies from Google has allowed the team to develop specialised software which can recognise when a person has entered the camera frame, rather than a car or animal, and alert the homeowner via mobile alert.
‘Nest is completely reimagining the camera experience with new hardware, a redesigned app, and more intelligent alerts…Nest Cam provides customers with peace of mind and the ability to stay connected to the things they care most about,’ said Veron.
The device will be available in the U.S. from September at $199, rolling out to other regions by the end of the year. As part of a subscription service, users can also upgrade to receive further advanced video features.
The new release follows the resignation of former iPod designer Tony Fadell as head of the company, who described the role as ‘gruelling’. The news was as a huge knock for Google, which acquired Nest Labs in 2014 for $3.2 billion (approx. £2.4 billion).
The outdoor camera is expected to offer a significant boost to the smart home company, which is now led by former VP of Motorola Mobility, Marwan Fawaz.