Nest was one of the first companies to hit the smart-home scene. Inside its new Nest Cam Security Camera is a plug-in, high-definition security camera that records on a 24/7 basis and alerts users via the same app used for other Nest products.
The Nest Cam is designed to help homeowners and renters keep tabs on their property while they’re away. It monitors for unusual motion and sounds — such as a door suddenly shutting. And if the camera’s algorithms sense something out of the ordinary, the user is alerted with a photo of the event via the app.
Here are 6 key ways the Nest Cam secures your home:
1. Connectivity: Several Nest Cams can be connected to each other using the Nest Aware app. And many connected devices can work together to secure your home. For example, make it appear like someone is home when the house is vacant by activating lights. This works in reverse, too. “If you own a Nest Learning Thermostat, which detects when you’re home, the Nest Cam will automatically switch on and off according to the thermostat’s status,” notes TrustedReviews.com.
2. Flexibility: The Nest Cam’s small size — each unit measures 4.5 x 2.8 x 2.8 inches — in addition to its wide, 130-degree lens and 180-degree rotating stand, offer remarkable viewing options. “It has a really wide lens so you can see most of almost any room it’s in,” comments Care.com. Meanwhile, Tom’s Guide is similarly impressed. “Placing the camera in a corner will capture the entire room, and then some,” its editors write.