Nest Wants Your Home Security Camera to Recognize You

Laverne Mann
June 1, 2017

It offers alerts when certain actions occur (people appearing in shot, most particularly), and you can also access the feed manually at any time. This is bolstered by HDR support, which combines 4K images into a "beautifully balanced 1080p HD picture that won't choke your connection".

Instead, the video is stepped down to 1080p.

But this doesn't mean the 4K sensor is completely going to waste.

Another big addition to the camera is a powerful new set of speakers, that provide super-clear audio for communicating in real time with the people in the room you're monitoring.

This also works with audio, alerting you if a person is talking or a dog is barking for example. However, some of the new features exclusive to the Nest Cam IQ do utilize the 4K input before it's compressed. That way you can tell if it's your spouse, flatmate, Hamburglar, Hannibal Lector or Dracula. Since it's capturing the full scene simultaneously, you can switch between tracking and the full view whether you're watching it live or recorded. You can click on either element to enlarge. The new member of the family is the Nest Cam IQ, a camera that takes its design cues from the Nest Cam Outdoor, but is made for indoor use and has new, smarter built-in capabilities that benefit from its high-resolution 4K video sensor to pay better attention to those situations where you need it most. But thanks to this that Nest can also zoom in on objects and track their movement with the help of the 130-degree wide-angle cam it features, a feature that's called Supersight by the company.

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Meanwhile Nest Cam IQ gets other hardware upgrades, including improved infrared LED emitters, which are invisible at night (rather than glowing red) because they're higher quality units.

There is also a three microphone array in the unit.

The company's marketing director spoke to The Verge, saying, "I am very excited about the next six months, we'll talk again soon and you'll understand why". You may recall that Russian website that showed the unsecured feeds from thousands of such cameras... The security camera will go up for pre-order in the UK, France, Netherlands, Belgium and Republic of Ireland shortly, and those living in Germany, Austria, Italy and Spain will be able to pre-order starting June 13. A storage plan with 30 days of video history costs $30 per month ($300 annually) for the first camera and $15 per month ($150 annually) for each additional camera. (Both Nest and Google are divisions of Alphabet Inc.) The camera has an 8-megapixel image sensor and 12x digital zoom. Before being uploaded to the servers, all the videos are encrypted locally, notes AndroidPolice.

And finally, in the United Kingdom, if you don't catch a burglar literally in the act, it would appear the police are increasingly unlikely to attend the crime scene.

Earlier Nest Cam models will continue to require a Nest Aware subscription to receive person alerts, and most Nest Cam IQ users will want the subscription service to get other features that do require cloud processing.

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