OUTDOOR SECURITY CAMERA
Nest introduced a new version of its smart security camera that can be used outdoors. The Nest Cam Outdoor is a waterproof, rugged model of the Nest Cam, which Nest developed after acquiring the security camera maker Dropcam, for $555 million. The new camera includes a mounting system with a magnet so it can easily be installed outdoors. It offers a 130-degree angle view of the home or lawn displayed in 1080p high-definition video.
Customers who subscribe to Nest’s paid online service for storing video recordings will also get a new feature called Person Alerts, in which the camera sends an alert to your smartphone whenever it detects someone. Also, users can then “listen” for what’s going on and talk to the visiting party, including being able to tell a delivery person where to leave a parcel if they are not home—or keep mum while calling the police, if the case arises.
NEW CAM TO SAVE THE DAY
The newly launched smart security cam comes in the heels of the resignation of Nest’s chief executive because of upheaval over his management style, as well as criticism that its products are unreliable.
In March, Greg Duffy, the founder and former chief executive of Dropcam, publicly attacked Nest’s chief, Tony Fadell. Mr. Duffy, who had left Nest, described how Mr. Fadell’s leadership compelled dozens of Dropcam employees to resign. A few months later, Mr. Fadell, who founded Nest and sold it to Google, said it was time to move on from the company. Nest is owned by Google’s parent, Alphabet.
The camera will cost $199 when it is released this fall.