It might be time to throw your Ring cameras in the garbage. Amazon purchased Ring in 2017, and the company's smart home security cameras and locks have continued to be incredibly popular. In fact, the Ring Doorbell 2 was one of the best-selling smart home devices on Amazon during the 2018 holiday season. However, reports from The Information and The Intercept claim that Ring gave unfiltered access to all customer video footage to its R&D facility and some employees. Read More
Even the most jaded smart home cynic can see the use in connected security systems, locks, and doorbells. Our own David Ruddock recently called his new smart door lock "the most sensible smart home gadget I've used," and, by his own admission, he's difficult to impress. For those interested in getting in on the smart home doorbell/lock/security kit game, Costco is currently offering discounted Ring and Nest bundles, some of which offer year-long subscriptions to cloud services for storing security video. Read More
The Nest Hello smart doorbell went up for sale a few days ago on Nest's site alongside the Nest x Yale Lock. But given the fact that Google owns Nest and that the Google Store already offers many Nest products, it was only a matter of time before the Hello made its way to the Google Store. Read More
Nest announced its smart doorbell, the 'Nest Hello,' back in September of last year. It has an HD night-vision camera on the front with two-way audio, so you can see who's at the door from anywhere, even on your Chromecast. The company initially said it would be available in Q1 2018, and according to the Nest Twitter account, shipments will begin on March 15. Read More
If you've had your eye on a Nest thermostat, but couldn't pull the trigger because of the price, then this Bloomberg report might be of interest to you. Supposedly, a cheaper, sub-$200 thermostat is in the works and it could launch next year. Bloomberg's source also indicates some other new products, like a home alarm system, a digital doorbell, and an update to the Nest Cam, are in development, too. Read More
I have a confession to make: I'm usually not a big fan of anything I see as a "novelty" product. Sure, there are cool ideas, but I'm all about usefulness. Things that make life easier, more convenient, or just generally better. I think the DoorBot is one of those things.
The DoorBot, in short, is a W-Fi doorbell with one-way video and two-way chat. Here's how it works: someone rings your doorbell, which notifies you on your phone. You answer it like a call, thus activating the DoorBot's camera so you can see who's there. Then you're free to talk back and forth. Read More