06
May
dongles

We've generally liked Dropcam's products, and the company's commitment to strong Android integration has certainly helped. Today, Dropcam announced a new product in the company's lineup, and for once, it's not a camera. Meet Dropcam Tabs - the company's take on motion sensors.

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Dropcam Tabs are small adhesive dongles that can be attached to doors, windows, or really any object whose movement you want to track. Dropcam's software allows you to configure the Tab based on what it's attached to, too (door, window, or object proximity alert). The Tabs are powered by Bluetooth LE, and pair with Dropcam Pro, which to be clear is required in order to use the Tabs (it acts as a hub). The standard Dropcam and Dropcam HD are not supported, apparently.

The Tabs will retail for $29 apiece and come in black or white, shipping this summer. It is not clear what kind of battery life you'll be able to get out each of these (it could be years, based on our understanding of BTLE's crazy efficiency), or whether the battery is rechargeable or user-replaceable, so there are some questions remaining. The actual software for the Tabs isn't exactly on display in detail, either, so you're pre-ordering a bit in the dark on some key details, I'd say.

Either way, they're up for grabs now if you head over to Dropcam's website.

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David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • Me

    I wonder what the battery life is on something like that. Is it explained?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      "It is not clear what kind of battery life you'll be able to get out each of these (it could be years, based on our understanding of BTLE's crazy efficiency), or whether the battery is rechargeable or user-replaceable, so there are some questions remaining."

      Literally in the article.

      • K.P. Smith

        You should not have done that. Through many years of controlled testing I've learned that people who are lazy (I think allergic to work is the PC term?) are not cured by you doing the work for them. During my 2nd round of clinical trials to diagnose "allergic to work" me and my team determined the best cure is exposure therapy. You force the person to experience work and over time they become immune and are less adverse to doing it on their own.

  • mobilemann

    dropcam software (tracking etc) looks great, however their camera's are incredibly overpriced, and don't have features camera's that cost under half their's cost like, PTZ. I can't even see IR lights, on them, but i'm not sure about that...

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