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Google Nest Cam – A Smart or Schmuck Home Monitoring Product?

After a year of $550 million acquisition of Dropcam, Google’s Nest Lab has unveiled a HD camera called Nest Cam. Nest Lab has showed off its latest lineup in at an event in San Francisco. The Google Nest Cam is targeting smart home device buyers with its new home monitoring camera which appears to be the new successor of Dropcam Pro of 2013. However, the surveillance camera doesn’t seem a huge upgrade from Dropcam or competitors’ products, apart from a handful of additional features and specifications – so, would you want to buy it? Let us find out why and why you might not.

Cloud service

Google’s Nest cam of $199 comes packed with a cloud-based subscription service to enable users to store and watch as well as to backup and restore video footage captured by the device. Initially, Nest announced users can save 10 days of continuous video footage on the cloud storage. Named as Nest Aware, this cloud service will cost users somewhere around $10 a month. You can sign up for a 30-days service by paying $30 a month which will save 30 days of continuous video footage. If you plan to install different Nest Cam for different rooms, then you can opt for cloud services for each additional camera for $5 a month.

Smoke and CO detector

In addition to keeping an eye on things happing in your home, this home monitoring system is designed with strong olfactory sense toward smoke and carbon monoxide emission. That’s right Nest Cam is able to protect from harmful smoke and gas emission in your home by sensing and turning on an alarm to make your family aware of any possible fire. If your Nest Learning Thermostat is set to the ‘Away’ mode, then Nest Cam will sync and automatically enable the device. The Learning Thermostat will then shut down the heating system automatically – you can also remotely control the device from a smartphone via Bluetooth.

Maxime Veron, the head of hardware product marketing at Nest described the product as a smart device which makes your "home taking care of itself and taking care of you. You don't have to program your home. It should know what to do.”  However, Mark Hung, an analyst with research firm Gartner said "On the security front, the details from Google have been fairly sparse, so we will have to wait until these things are launched and they are able to tell us more. The way to make things secure is to have a platform that is easily updated to prevent the latest hacks."

Other features

Google Nest Cam will be integrated with Nest’s 5.0 smartphone app – hence, you can talk to your pet you left at home, instruct it to lie down, sit and even a “high five” using Nest Cam. All you have to do is to increase the volume and shoot your order. You can also save those cute clips of your pets or kids done something amazing, focus on areas which are prone to smoke and fire and keep an alert summery to get highlights of moments when something occurred.   

"At Nest, we always wanted to build more than a thermostat. Our vision was to create a thoughtful home, a home that takes care of itself and the people in it," said Mr Fadell.

Price and availability

Google Nest Cam retail availability will start from next week and you can buy directly from Nest website as well as from Amazon, BestBuy, Target and Google Play.

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