The Nest Cam: a new HD security camera for the home

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Nest is a familiar name to the many households that are already using its Learning Thermostat.

Now the Google-owned company is launching a fully featured security camera device that alerts homeowners when it senses movement via a smartphone app.

The new product is the first release from the company since Google paid $3.2 billion (£2 billion) to acquire it at the start of 2014.

Full of useful features

The camera was developed from a product that was originally created by Dropcam, which was bought by Nest last summer for $555 million.

In addition to its motion-detecting capabilities, the camera will also operate in a “night vision” mode. Full high definition 1080p will be recorded, and customers will have the option to pay for it to be archived for up to 30 days for a fee of £24 per month.

Initial security details sparse

Any domestic security appliance has to be robust with its own protection against hacking and unauthorised access, but Mark Hung, an analyst with research company Gartner, expressed concerns.

“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,” he commented.

New OS

With the Internet of Things quickly becoming a domestic reality, Google looks to be taking the lead with the announcement of the operating system called Brillo. This appears to be aimed at addressing exactly the type of worries expressed by Mr Hung.


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