Nest Cam updates Dropcam hardware to 1080p resolution
Nest has made changes across the entirety of its product line, with updates to its existing products and the launch of a new item. The new version of Nest Protect and the Nest Learning Thermostat software update are joined by the Nest Cam, a network-connected camera stemming from its acquisition of Dropcam last year, and a new program that could help homeowners acquire a Nest Protect at a lower cost or potentially for free.
Support ending for original Dropcam, Dropcam Echo prompts replacement program
Owners of older Dropcam camera will be able to upgrade to a newer version at no charge, due to an impending lack of support from the company. The Nest-owned manufacturer will be providing a Dropcam HD as a replacement for earlier models, as the company will be dropping support for original Dropcam and the Dropcam Echo from April 15.
Control4, Creston, RTI, URC work with Nest Protect, Thermostat
Nest Labs has confirmed its range of devices are compatible with a number of major home automation systems. Revealed at CEDIA, the company advised its Learning Thermostat and Protect will work with Control4, Crestron, Remote Technologies Incorporated (RTI), and Universal Remote Control (URC) systems, with Dropcam also joining the list of companies in the Works with Nest program.
Cloud-based home surveillance
Dropcam recently introduced an upgraded "Pro" version of its cloud-based Wi-Fi video camera, improving nearly every aspect of the original Dropcam HD. The new model features a wider field of view, twice as much zoom, better low-light performance and a sharper image. In our full review, we spend a week with the new camera to determine if it is the best surveillance camera for the average consumer.
Remote monitoring system now live in Apple Online Store
Dropcam Pro, the cloud-enabled Wi-Fi video monitoring camera is now available in Apple's Retail and Online Stores for the first time. Launched on October 10, the Dropcam Pro camera is Dropcam's latest product, with improved internals allowing for better video and audio quality. Prior to the Pro's launch on Apple outlets, Dropcam products had only been available through Amazon.
Pro model sells alongside basic Dropcam
Dropcam has introduced an upgraded version of its Wi-Fi video monitoring camera. The next-generation Dropcam Pro brings a long list of improvements, centering around a new six-element all-glass lens with a 130-degree field of view. Better optics are paired with a larger image sensor that is claimed to provide 2X sharper video during the day and a seven-fold sharpness improvement in low-light conditions or at night.
Dropcam outs app for Android devices
Dropcam, maker of the Echo network camera system, has written to us on Wednesday, informing of a new app for Android handsets. During our review, we were limited to an iPhone app that allowed us to view live and recorded content from the wireless video cameras. Now, the same functionality, including receiving instant activity alerts, is being extended to Android handsets.
We test the Dropcam Echo camera
We've recently received another product meant for those who wish to keep an eye on their homes or loved ones while away. Dropcam offers two networked cameras, and sent us their higher-end Dropcam Echo unit to check out. Unlike the basic, $200 Dropcam, the $279 Echo gets a microphone, light sensor and motion sensor, and can be set up to send notifications to users of motion or sound. We'll learn how well that and a companion iPhone app work in a review of the Dropcam Echo.