Nest security camera knows who's home with Google face tech

Nest Cam “IQ” 4K Camera is Official and Comes With UHD Sensor, Face Recognition

Nest is back with a second-generation camera that can recognize faces and capture 4k video.

Nest has announced a new smart home security camera to its line-up in the form of the Nest Cam IQ. The best thing about this camera is the facial recognition feature that uses Google FaceNet technology. After years of dormancy and Fadell's departure in 2016, Nest has once again risen with a new intelligent indoor monitoring camera called the Nest Cam IQ.

You get 10 days free with the camera, but each subsequent month will cost you $10/£8 ($100/£80 for a year).

As we mentioned, there are three microphones on board, as well as a speaker that is claimed to be seven times more powerful than the one in the Nest Cam Indoor.

Nest Director of Product Marketing Maxime Veron also explained that Nest Cam IQ has room to grow in terms of processing power it's packing on board for future intelligence updates, and Nest fully intends it to be something that gets better with future software features. Although this feature only works if you shell out for Nest's cloud based storage subscription.

The Nest Cam IQ will be shipping around the end of June, and pre-orders are live today in the US, UK, France, Netherlands, Belgium, and Ireland. The Nest Cam IQ looks like something Apple or Pixar designed. In a demo, Nest showed its camera zooming in on the face of someone pretending to rob a home with a Nest set up. It can, for example, easily identify people and send you an alert to your device, so you know who's walking around in your home. This will enable the camera to differentiate between family members, friends, acquaintances, and total strangers. This feature is also part of the Nest Aware subscription. A pair of 940nm infrared LEDs provide night vision without the telltale red glow that's typical of other security cameras. The camera also comes with a night vision mode thanks to its two infrared LEDs which are nearly invisible to the human eye. Interested customers can save $50 if they purchase a two-pack, however, which costs $498. You can then either tell the device that they are a "familiar" face or not. The Nest Learning Thermostat and Nest Energy Services keep you comfortable and address home energy consumption.

For that, though, you'll also get the new "intelligent audio alerts" feature that hits you up if your dog starts barking or people are heard talking off-camera.

The Nest Cam IQ also includes speakers 7 times more powerful than those on its original camera, as well as 3 microphones to help suppress noise and echoes for clearer sound. Nest will continue to offer the first-generation indoor Nest Cam and the Nest Cam Outdoor ($199 each).

This could prove quite a quirk, given the obvious problems of compatibility across Apple, Amazon, Google and Samsung products, not to mention those from smaller, regional manufacturers of smart devices.

You also get access to the likes of a 10- or 30-day, browsable video history and "Activity Zones" with 'automatic door detection for even more precise notifications'.

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