A year after purchasing Dropcam, Nest Labs have unveiled their rebranded version of the Dropcam Pro. Already considered among the best home security cameras on the market — and an excellent baby monitor to boot — the new Nest Cam is basically the same hardware: It records 1080p video at 30 FPS with a yawning 130-degree field of view and infrared night vision that’s rated at 20 feet, with a 2-way speaker that you can hear and talk through. There’s a new magnetic base for easier mounting, but the real upgrades come through the redesigned Nest App, which communicates with Cam, Nest Protect smoke alarm, and Nest Thermostat to basically put a shrunken robot version of your home into your front pocket.
Let’s say the Nest Protect senses smoke or fire. After telling the Nest Thermostat to turn the fans off (damn, Nest Thermostat, are you trying to get us all killed?), it notifies the Nest App, which alerts you and tells the Nest Cam to start streaming video so you can see what’s going on. The Nest App will also tell you when the Nest Cam senses movement in predetermined “activity zones,” so no one can sneak in and steal your kid when they’re young, and your kids can’t sneak out and steal your booze when they’re older.
Granted, your parents were able to keep you in line without this newfangled smart technology, but now you can do the same thing without ever getting out of bed.