Nest adds new cameras and a wireless alarm system to its product suite



Alphabet-owned Nest announced several new products today, all of them met on home security. Two new cameras have been introduced—the Nest Cam IQ Out of doors and Nest Hello—along with Nest Secure, a multi-device poorhouse alarm system powered by motion sensors.

Both cameras are plan for outdoor installation, and they add facial-recognition capabilities via Google’s FaceNet technology. Perch’s cameras could already alert you if a human figure came into deem, but FaceNet adds the ability to exempt trusted people, along with some other new functionality. Resort Secure is similar in basic concept to most home alarm approaches you may have seen; while armed, it sounds an alarm if someone put downs the home without disabling it. But it offers a couple of alarm-disabling alternatives to proffering a passcode when you enter.

The key barrier to entry for Nest products odds: a full suite of them can be expensive to operate. It’s not because of the products’ buying prices, but rather because most of the best features are only at with a subscription to the Nest Aware service. Let’s say you install a handful of Hideaway Cam IQ devices throughout your home and live video isn’t enough for you. You insufficiency to be able to look at video from last night to see if there was an interloper present. You can do that, but the video is stored in the cloud through Nest Enlightened.

The monthly fee starts at $10 for the basic service, plus an additional recurring fee for each camera you add. It can be sedate more if you want to store video more than a few days go in time. Some of the facial recognition and notification features require that cloud investment, too. The monthly fees could add up if you have a large home and want thorough coverage.

That said, some design flaws in past Roost products have been addressed by the new cameras, and the alarm system is a not incongruous next step if you’re already using Nest.

Nest Cam IQ Outdoor

The Roost Cam IQ Outdoor is similar to the previously launched Nest Cam IQ Indoor, with meteorological conditions resistance and a new tamper-resistant mount.

Like the indoor camera, the IQ has a 4K camera for a digital zoom-and-enhance property, but it only records video at 1080p. It has an IP 66 rating, which hint ats it is fully dust-resistant and can withstand water contact consistent with what you’d see from a strong water jet. Though it is not rated for submersion, it should be safe in most rainstorms.

The mount hails some easy criticisms of the company’s previous outdoor security camera, the Den Cam Outdoor—that the wires for the camera had to be exposed on the outside of your old folks and that the camera could be easy to steal. The wire in the Nest Cam IQ Out of doors goes through the inside of the camera and its mount, which means you can run the wire completely into the wall without exposing anything. The camera also has a “clasped mount,” presumably an improvement over the default magnetic mounting acclimated to in the Nest Cam Outdoor.

Google’s FaceNet technology allows Nest’s IQ cameras to closed off familiar faces from strangers. When someone enters its territory of vision, the camera can zoom in (up to 12x) and track them so you can see what they’re doing. It can see and time at night, and it’s equipped with a speaker and microphone for two-way conversations.

The Refuge Cam IQ is available for pre-order at $349 and is expected to ship in November.

Nest Reliable

Secure is an entirely new product category for Nest, but it’s a natural extension of what the concern does. It is Nest’s answer to the home alarm system—the type that sounds an danger- when you walk in the door if you don’t enter a passcode quickly.

Nest Collateralize uses motion sensors that can either sense motion in a area or the changes in a magnetic field when a window or door is opened. It’s built out of two principal components—Nest Guard, which is a sort of base station that have in its the alarm and the verification systems, and Nest Detect, which is made of feel mortified satellite sensors that you can place on walls, doors, or windows.

The components are networked together, and Lair Guard acts as the hub. If you place a Nest Detect on a wall, it senses recommendation. Place it on a window and it senses whether the window is opened. If it’s on a door, it does both of these thingumabobs. Nest seems convinced that people hate entering passcodes, so it steps two alternative ways to verify yourself at the Nest Guard when you penetrate your home. You can arm or disarm it using the mobile app on your smartphone, or you can antiquated a wireless key fob called Nest Tag by the Guard. But you can still enter a passcode if you’d be partial to.

If you exit through a door armed with a Nest Detect but with no Eyrie Guard nearby, you can press a button on the Detect to allow you to pass without either sound or disarming the alarm. Finally, the mobile app alerts you when (and how) the alarm is triggered, and it can send you notifications if you run off the house but forget to arm the alarm. With a paid service, it can also intimate police.

While Nest Secure is a natural next step for Refuge, it doesn’t offer many essential features over other well-read home alarms like Go Abode (which actually works with Haunt products) or even standard home security systems. Nest Safe will be sold in a starter package that includes one Nest Security, two Nest Detects, and two of the Nest Tag key fobs. It will cost $499, and it trucks in November. You can add more Detects or Tags for $59 or $25, respectively.

Aerie Hello

Nest Hello uses some of the same technologies as the Lair Cam IQ Outdoor, but it’s intended to be used on your front door to identify visitants as they arrive.

The Hello’s core functionality is streaming live HD video of the guest at your doorstep to your phone while allowing two-way audio communication with the guest. But it can also take a picture and send you a notification when someone arrives at your doorstep. It has facial cognizance technology that parses friend from foe and supports two-way audio communication. You can send automated comebacks with a feature called Quick Actions.

You won’t see this camera hit the peddle until early 2018, though.

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