Next Generation Connected Webcam

Gear and Gadgets February 1, 2016

As you probably know connected webcams have been around for a while. Recall that as far back as 2009 there was a startup called Dropcam that produced a connnected webcam of the same name. Since then, Dropcam has produced a few webcam variants of the original Dropcam with various tweaks and feature upgrades. You may recall that the Dropcam Pro quickly outbeat all of the so-called competition at the time and pretty much owned the connected webcam market.

More recently, the Google owned smart thermostat maker by the name of Nest purchased the entire Dropcam company. What is new and exciting is that there is a new variant of the connected webcam that has only just recently been released. This new connected webcam is being called the Nest Cam.

Start with this easy to verify premise, the premise that Nest Cam is a giant leap forward in terms of connected webcam technology. What is so special about Nest Cam? Start with a quite expansive list of features that are sure to please. You see, Nest Cam shows up right out of the box with a stunning 1,920 x 1080 two megapixel resolution, night vision, two way talk technology, sound alerts as well as motion alerts. In addition to that, there are cloud storage services available for a separate fee. This cloud storage will maintain up to 10 days of continuous video for a mere $10.00 per month.

Now that being said there is one drawback to the Nest Cam. As impressive as it looks on paper, Nest Cam cannot really be deployed as a fully functioning security camera. Why not? You see, as it is currently engineered, the Nest Cam does not have the capability to provide more than a single motion or sound alert every 30 minutes. Naturally you can readily understand that a lot can happen in those missed 30 minutes.

Think of it like this. You can stand in front of the Nest Cam, wave your hands and immediately trigger an alert. But, and this is a big but, you cannot receive any new leads for another 30 minutes. In other words, you don’t want to deploy the Nest Cam in place of a dedicated web connected security camera.

Now that being said, do understand the Nest Cam can still be a great deal if you are looking to for a high resolution connected web cam.


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