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Clare Video Doorbell Ships

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Clare Video Doorbell Ships

Claire introduces a wifi HD video doorbell to the ClareVision+ line of IP surveillance cameras-- the Clare Video Doorbell, a slim unit installers can integrate with home automation systems using just 2 wires.

The Video Doorbell has an SD card slot for storage (up to 128GB), and is set to record on motion. It auto-configures for remote viewing via free ClareVision+ iOS and Android app, and the camera functions as a stand-alone device able to replace virtually any doorbell.

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Zyxel Intros Aurora Cloud Access Camera

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Zyxel Intros Aurora Cloud Access Camera

Zyxel announces a "lifestyle" camera-- the Aurora Cloud Access Camera, a means for customer to monitor their homes, with real-time mobile notifications adding an extra layer of security.

The Aurora has a "premium" image sensor able to capture high-resolution video under low-light conditions. A 4-in-1 design allows indoor mounting via stand, wall-mount kit and magnetic mount, while a smartphone app provides setup, recording schedules, motion detection zones, watching of live or recorded video, event notifications and speaking through the camera.

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D-Link Presents Omna 180 Camera

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D-Link Presents Omna 180 Camera

D-Link announces the availability of the Omna 180 Cam HD (DSH-C310)-- a first HomeKit-enabled product in the Omna portfolio allowing users to check on their homes from their iDevices.

First seen back at CES 2017, the Omna 180 Cam HD carries a 1080p camera with 180-degree field of view, microphone and speaker with 2-way audio, infrared night vision and motion detection sensors in a cylindrical form factor. It stores video clips directly to microSDCX card, with no further subscription required.

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Blink Intros Outdoor Camera

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Blink Intros Outdoor Camera

Blink announces a first outdoor camera-- the Blink XT, a small 1080p wireless camera able to run for over 2 years on a pair of regular lithium AA batteries customers can place just about anywhere.

Like other Blink cameras the XT features a 110-degree field of view and uses the same mounting system, only with the addition of IP-65-rated construction and infrared night vision. It does need to be in range of a wifi signal, but once connected to the internet the camera provides Alexa integration and free cloud-based storage for the viewing of 5-60 second clips triggered by the built-in motion sensor via iOS and Android Home Monitor app.

Users can also pair the XT with indoor Blink cameras to create a home security network.

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Nest Cam Streams to Android, Apple TV

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Nest Cam Streams to Android, Apple TV

The Nest platform gets a 5.9 update-- one providing Cam security camera users with a number of new features, including the streaming of feeds on 4th generation Apple TV and Android TV units.

In the near future Android TV and Apple TV device owners can download a Nest app on the tvOS App Store allowing one to easily switch from Netflix binges to the checking who is at the door. The app also includes toggles between live feeds and video history scrubbing for "reality TV you actually care about."

Another Cam feature in the Nest update is "instaclip"-- a means to capture and share short clips based on potentially interesting moments captured by the security camera. Generating an instaclip involves tapping the "clip" icon before customising the length of the clip in question. Creating instaclips requires a Nest Aware subscription, and clips can be uploaded to either online archive or stored on iDevice.

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Arlo Intros Weatherproof Pro Security Camera

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Arlo Intros Weatherproof Pro Security Camera

Netgear's Arlo unit announces the Pro-- a wireless security camera featuring ultra-wide 130-degree viewing angles, two-way audio and motion recognition within a weatherproof body.

The Arlo Pro can be connected to the mains mains, but it promises to work for along time on battery alone a special low-power consumption router and a proprietary base station Netgear claims allows for up to 6 months of use on a single charge. Customers can also easily swap batteries through an optional dual-bay Arlo Pro Charging Station.

As for the actual camera, RGB-IR night vision technology provides clear high resolution video even in total darkness, while a passive IR motion sensor detects movement at a range of 7m. Customers can check footage via app on smartphones, tablets and even Apple TV, and the camera can also be connect to smart home platforms including IFTTT and Samsung SmartThings.

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Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt Gets Home Compatibility

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Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt Gets Home Compatibility

Schlage announces an update of the Sense Smart Deadbolt app-- one adding compatibility with the iOS 10 Home app to allow control via Siri voice commands or the iOS Control Center.

The update also brings push notifications whenever the deadbolt is locked or unlocked, while the Schlage Sense app allows users to manage access codes, change lock settings, view the last 100 times the lock was used, receive installation help and contact customers service.

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Nest Cam Outdoor Reaches Europe

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Nest Cam Outdoor Reaches Europe

Nest announces the ruggedised version of the Cam security camera, the Nest Cam Outdoor, will soon reach European markets together with a new Nest app feature dubbed Sightline.

"Sightline is a new app feature that shows you what Nest Cam has seen and lets you speed through days of recorded video in seconds," the company says. "It pulls out key moments automatically so you don’t waste time digging through footage. Looking for the moment someone opened the gate two days ago? No problem."

Through Sightline users can quickly scrub through large amounts of footage, while automatically-generated "key moments" highlight important happenings within the recording. In addition, the feature allows for 3 hours of free video history for all users, even those without a Nest Aware subscription.

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Nest Cam Heads Outdoor

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Nest Cam Heads Outdoor

The Nest Cam (aka the rebranded Dropcam) was a capable enough security camera, but limited to indoor use. Enter the Nest Cam Outdoor, a version designed for outside use.

As the name might suggest, the Nest Cam Outdoor features a weatherproof casing and more mounting options, including magnetic and screw-on mounts for attachment outside a building. However one has to keep in mind the camera requires constant power via plugging to an outlet.

On the technical side the Nest Cam Outdoor is identical to its inside-only sibling. Video resolution is at 1080p, field of view is 130-degree and 8 IR LEDs allow for night vision powers. Recording happens exclusively on the Nest Aware cloud, with no connection to local DVR available.

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D-Link Adds Automation to DCS-8200LH Camera

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D-Link Adds Automation to DCS-8200LH Camera

D-Link announces an addition to the mydlink Connected Home series-- the DCS-8200LH, a 180-degree wifi camera featuring IFTTT support and a microSD card slot for local recording.

The camera records video at 720p resolution and pairs with other mydlink connected home devices. Control comes through the mydlink Home app, with IFTTT (If This Then That) support allowing integration with other app as well as the creation of automated routines through conditional commands.

For example, one can create an IFTTT recipe having the DCS-8200LH automatically start recording whenever the home owner leaves the house, or take a snapshot whenever the doorbell rings. The app also allows the remote checking of live or recorded footage via smartphone or tablet.

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Nest Gets Smoke Alarm Rival With Roost

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Nest Gets Smoke Alarm Rival With Roost

Roost-- the company behind a smart battery for smoke detectors-- takes on the actual device category with the RSA-200 and RSA-400, a pair of connected smoke detectors similar to the Nest Protect.

The RSA-200 features smoke and fire detection, while the RSA-400 adds carbon monoxide and natural gas detection. Both are based on the aforementioned Roost smart battery for internet capabilities, providing customers with smartphone notifications in case of alarms.

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