July 14, 2016 — Nest Labs, Inc. — "architect of the thoughtful home" — today announced sweeping changes to its security camera portfolio with the introduction of Nest Cam Outdoor, additional features to the Nest Aware service, and a brand new way to interact with the entire range of Nest products through the Nest app.
"I believe this outdoor camera is THE opportunity for HVAC to get more involved in smart/connected homes, and expand their portfolio in a comfortable and value setting manner," said Gene LaNois, head of the professional channel for Nest Labs.
With a brand new, completely weatherproof industrial design created for permanent outdoor use, Nest Cam Outdoor extends security outside the home. Customers can keep an eye on their homes 24/7 with full high-definition (1080p) video quality anytime, anywhere and in any weather. Customers also get all the great features Nest Cam Indoor is known for, including activity alerts and Talk and Listen.
Customers can keep an eye on their homes 24/7 with full high-definition (1080p) video quality anytime, anywhere and in any weather.
Person alerts – Subscribers to the Nest Aware service will receive person alerts, allowing Nest Cam to distinguish between a person and another activity and let you know when someone comes into view. Person alerts are the first of a new generation of intelligent alerts from Nest that leverage Google's expertise in machine learning and powerful algorithms to deliver deeper insights to customers about what’s happening at home. Nest Aware features including person alerts are available on all Nest Cam and Dropcam cameras.
New Nest app — The redesigned Nest app delivers new software features and makes existing Nest products even better, including earlier versions of Nest Cam. With the introduction of Spaces, the Nest app delivers a brand new user interface that groups Nest products by room, across multiple platforms, making it easier to access and control Nest products.
The redesigned Nest app delivers new software features and makes existing Nest products even better, including earlier versions of Nest Cam.
Sources report Nest is completely reimagining the camera experience with new hardware, a redesigned app, and more intelligent alerts.
“Nest is completely reimagining the camera experience with new hardware, a redesigned app, and more intelligent alerts. And because Nest is constantly improving its products, current Nest Cam Indoor and Dropcam customers will also benefit from these new features,” said Maxime Veron, director of hardware product marketing, Nest. “Nest Cam provides customers with peace of mind and the ability to stay connected to the things they care most about. Now, Nest Cam Outdoor brings thoughtful security outside of customers’ homes, helping them secure their property and giving them more ways to watch over their families, even when they’re miles away.”
Nest Cam Outdoor + Person Alerts
Nest reports that since its launch last year, Nest Cam has become an integral part of customer’s homes and many use the Nest Aware service to record the video they are capturing. Nest Cam customers collectively upload several thousand hours of video every minute. Currently, most Nest Cam Indoor customers use it primarily for home security, and 30% of them point their cameras outside. Customers have been asking for an outdoor-facing camera and Nest Cam Outdoor is designed to satisfy the demand.
The Nest app now supports Apple Watch, as well as Android Wear which was released earlier this year, so customers can control the temperature of their Nest Learning Thermostat from their wrist.
Nest Cam Outdoor combines easy installation with true 24/7 security inside and out. Features include:
Weatherproof — The weatherproof design of Nest Cam Outdoor meets the demands of a broad range of temperatures and conditions faced by outdoor cameras.
Easy outdoor setup — Nest Cam Outdoor has a quick, simple setup. Just plug in the cable and adapter, mount the camera, and go. A powerful magnetic base allows people to securely place it in even more locations and capture the view they want.
Clear 24/7 live video — A 130° view through a high quality glass lens shows the full picture in crisp 1080p HD. When it’s dark, Night Vision illuminates the whole scene with eight powerful infrared LEDs. And with the Nest app, customers can control and watch live video from anywhere, anytime.
Secure Streaming — Stream and store video content using powerful encryption technology seamlessly (2048-bit RSA key with 128-bit SSL connection).
Talk and Listen — See someone at the door, talk back to get their attention thanks to the built in speaker and microphone. Or tell the delivery man to go ahead and leave the package around back.
Nest Cam Indoor, Nest Cam Outdoor and Dropcam customers with a Nest Aware subscription will benefit from 24/7 continuous recording, cloud storage and intelligent alerts. Beginning in September, subscribers will start receiving a new intelligent alert called person alerts, in addition to existing methods of motion and sound detection.
Nest Cam uses the power of the cloud and world class vision algorithms to provide more accurate alerts. With person alerts, Nest will notify customers with a specific alert when it detects a person, versus a dog or a car, for example, highlighting moments that matter.
“The future is about intelligent alerts. Customers want to know when something is happening that genuinely deserves their attention. Person alerts are the first of many innovations that will make Nest Cam a more helpful partner in securing the home,” said Veron.
Redesigned Nest App
The fifth generation Nest app for the phone, tablet and computer allowed customers the ability to control all of their Nest products from a single app. Now it’s even easier for customers to control their homes on their devices with the introduction of Spaces. Spaces puts each customer’s home in their hand like never before. It enables them to intuitively see what’s happening with all of their Nest products, organized room by room. Nest has expanded the view for camera feeds to full screen width, so customers can see what's happening at a glance. And if connected to Wi-Fi, they can see live streams.
Additionally, the redesigned Nest app will unlock new features for current camera customers.
Secure Private Camera Sharing — Customers can create and share private, password protected livestream links with multiple people, such as close family members who are watching the house for them.
Auto-bandwidth — Nest is making automatic bandwidth adjustments to match the bandwidth available, to ensure a clean video feed and avoid buffering.
High resolution (1080p) viewing for Dropcam Pro customers — Available today, Dropcam Pro customers can get high resolution viewing when they upgrade to the new Nest app.
Another notable update in the new Nest app is that it now supports Apple Watch, as well as Android Wear which was released earlier this year, so customers can control the temperature of their Nest Learning Thermostat from their wrist.
Pricing and Availability
Contractors and Distributors will be able to place pre-orders in 1 week.
Nest Cam Outdoor is available now for pre-order in the U.S. and Canada at nest.com, bestbuy.com, and bestbuy.ca with a suggested retail price of $199.00, same as Nest Cam Indoor. It will be on shelves this fall. Multi-packs will be available later this year.
Nest Cam Outdoor will be available in the UK, France, Netherlands, Belgium and Republic of Ireland later this year.
Nest Aware can be purchased on nest.com or through the Nest app as a 10-day or 30-day subscription for $10 or $30 per month, respectively. New customers receive a free trial.
Person alerts, which comes with a Nest Aware subscription, will be available in September 2016.
Spaces will be available in Nest app version 5.6 in the Google Play Store and iOS App Store later this month.