Google refreshes its Nest line with three new products and a refresh for the Nest Cam wired indoor camera. Among the newcomers are Google’s first Nest Cam and a battery-powered doorbell, as indicated by a recent leak. You will be able to install them almost anywhere in your home and connect them to a wired power source if you wish.
Battery life depends on how many devices recorded events and factors such as temperature and settings. Google says the bell battery will ring for up to six months on a single charge, while the Nest Cam can run for up to seven months before you need to charge it. You can charge the doorbell via USB-C and the camera using the supplied USB-A adapter.
The doorbell records video at a resolution of 989 x 1280 pixels at up to 30 frames per second. It has a 6x digital zoom, a diagonal field of view of 145 degrees and can see up to 10 feet away in the dark thanks to its night vision capabilities. It also has a 3: 4 field of view so you can have a complete head-to-toe view of whoever shows up at your door.
As for the Nest Cam, it can record video in 1080p at speeds up to 30 fps. The device has a 130-degree field of view, 6x digital zoom and night vision that can see objects up to 20 feet away. It has an IP54 rating for weather resistance. In addition to mounting it outside, you can also place the camera indoors.
Both products, which are designed from recycled materials, offer up to three hours of video event history. You can increase this by subscribing to Nest Aware. Like some other Nest cameras, the battery-powered Nest Cam offers 24-hour recording with a subscription to Nest Aware Plus, although you’ll need to plug it into a continuous power source.
In addition, the company is offering the Nest Cam with an integrated reflector for the first time. All four devices have in common that they are designed only to alert you to important events. They all have machine learning capabilities on the device to recognize you and alert you to people, animals and vehicles. The doorbell can detect and recognize packages placed as much as eight inches from your door. Google says they don’t need a subscription to use these features and have trained a machine learning model on 40 million images to take into account different environments and lighting conditions.
The devices also offer a feature of recognizing celebrities for Nest Aware subscribers. You can decide who to recognize.
Meanwhile, on-device processing capabilities allow doorbells and cameras to store up to an hour of video events locally if power or Wi-Fi is cut off. It is approximately a week of events depending on the level of activity in your home. When everything restarts, they will transfer these events to the cloud.
As you might expect, the cameras and doorbell work with Google Home and other Google products, such as Nest displays. Google also says Nest camera data is encrypted.
The Nest Cam and battery-powered doorbell (each costing $ 180) are available for pre-order today in 18 countries, including the US, Canada, the UK, Australia and New Zealand. They will be available in those countries on August 24, in Japan two days later and in Mexico later this year. Nest Cam with spotlights ($ 280) and second-generation Nest Cam ($ 100) wired are coming soon.
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