The Nest Cam IQ indoor is turning into a little Google Home

Doris Richards
September 20, 2017

Nest, the smart-home arm of the Alphabet corporate umbrella, just announced Nest Secure, a full-fledged security system - taking on ADT, Comcast, and many others in the home security space.

Nest today unveiled three new products: the Nest Cam IQ Outdoor camera with facial recognition, the Nest Hello doorbell, and the Nest Secure home security system. That means it knows when your grandmother's come over, versus if there's a stranger at the door.

Nest also announced the Nest Cam IQ Outdoor, a $349 version of its high-end 4K security camera meant to be mounted on the outside of your home. While Nest has yet to share a more specific availability window for the service, it did confirm that the camera will receive support for Google's digital companion via a regular over-the-air update, noting how its offering is the first product of its kind to do so.

Nest is also offering the $59 Nest Detect, a motion-sensing device created to be mounted in doorframes and window frames. Speaking of field-of-view, the Nest Cam IQ's FOV clocks in at an impressive 130-degrees, allowing it to capture a rather large area without much in the way of panning. Second, you can't actually control the Nest Cam IQ itself via the Google assistant, which makes less sense. Accessing the camera's feed and other functions is all done via the Nest Android app which is available for download from the Google Play Store free of charge.

Today Nest announced its entry into the smart doorbell market with the Nest Hello, a smart doorbell from the company that first made its name with smart thermostats. There's also the Nest Detect sensor with a light inside that you place at doors or entryways. No price has been set for the new product. The Nest Cam IQ Outdoor will be priced at $349 and also be part of a Nest Secure starter pack which will set you back $598.

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