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Track Things Around Your House With Dropcam Tabs, Now Up for Pre-order

Dropcam, one of the leaders in IP cameras, announced that its new product, Dropcam Tabs, is up for pre-order for $29 a piece. Tabs are small, wireless movement sensors that let you keep tabs on things around your house. Want to know that your daughter has come home through the back door? There you go. Want to know if your laptop has been removed from home? That too. Or maybe you want to know why your fence is no longer shut, even though your entire family is seated next to you on the couch at midnight, under a full moon, it’s Devil’s Night, and the power just went out. At least you will know the fence is open! 

Tabs connect through a Dropcam Pro (yes, one is required to use Tabs), use Bluetooth LE to maintain life, are outdoor approved, and come in either black or white. They can be placed on doors, windows, fences, or valuables that you wanted to be notified about should they depart your house, open, close, or move. Those notifications, as you would imagine, come through your phone or connected device immediately after being triggered.

They are up for pre-order now through Dropcam’s site, with an estimated shipping time of Summer 2014.

Dropcam Tabs Pre-order

Via:  Dropcam
  • socalrailroader

    Blast detector, add this and I’m sold.

  • DanSan

    is there anything like this that doesn’t require a camera for it work with? some sort of standalone? just moved into new apartment and want to keep track of when the maintenance people come into my place when I’m not home.

  • Drop aDuce

    Dropcam = Ripoff. First closed environment to get $29 for a switch and then a monthly fee for “premium” account. LOL!

    • michael arazan

      So you have to use “their” services, when this could clearly work on your pc/ laptop with a piece of software.

  • JRomeo

    Which do you all think is better value for the price? These dropcam tabs? or the Canary ? http://www.canary.is ?

  • Menger40

    Everyone should check out Korner on indiegogo instead. Very similar idea, but you don’t need an expensive IP camera or a subscription to use the tags.


  • David

    So, one does not need any kind of wifi connection to make this work? The Dropcam does not need a wifi connection for this?

    • LionStone

      It does need WiFi

  • If it’s devil’s night and the power just went out and you’ve been alerted that your fence has been opened, you better get out. Because someone is about to burn the sucker down.

  • Ray

    Dropcam < Foscam

    • mjmedstarved

      Tell us why..

      • Ray

        the fact that the Foscam actually moves Pan/Tilts

        • gotluck

          yea I dont see why I would want a dropcam, more expensive and less functionality.. aside from these tabs which are cool

          • mjmedstarved

            What’s selling me is the app and motion detection alerts on my phone for Dropcam..

          • Snowbo13

            Foscam has all that. I use tinycam pro app which is awesome. Foscam also has software that you can get by any web browsers to set up motion sencer photos or videos which can back up to the cloud or get a email alert with photos. They also sell a DVR program that can record everything on a computer.

            Looked at the drop can for a while but a little YouTube tutorials on how to see your foscam on your phone for free paid off nicely.

          • mjmedstarved

            Good to know; thanks!!

          • JRomeo

            I think the canary from http://www.canary.is would be a better solution for motion detection.

          • mjmedstarved

            Love the product design… but $200 is pretty pricey; and it doesn’t ship until Sept. Thanks for showing us.

          • JRomeo

            if you watch the youtube review about foscam and dropcam, they both suck at motion detection. so save up the $200 and get one in september, it’ll be worth it.

      • Snowbo13

        Foscam can be ran at no charge. I got 4 indoor models and 1 outdoor. The pan tilt & speaker is also nice to have.

        • mjmedstarved

          Do you need to have a designated PC running them?

      • Ray
        • mjmedstarved

          Ok, but let’s compare the best available for people who are looking to buy today, or next week. This is a comparison on holder hardware.

          • Ray

            I don’t need to sell you on anything foscam is better value to me spend your money on what you choose to

          • mjmedstarved

            Sell me on anything? I’m a noob in the ip cam world, and was just looking for a little advice; but, thanks.

          • Ray

            Well as you can see from all the replies you get alot more features with foscam. If you want plug and play with less features for more money then go with dropcam.

    • nothing beats a good HD Foscam!

    • The Guy

      Not saying much. Foscams are garbage. No SSL, horrible motion detection, unstable software, erratic infrared lighting system, poor security practices as far as passwords go, everything is in plain text. There are childrens toys that integrate better security than these cameras. These things are coded my amateurs in a sweatshop somewhere.

  • NeilGeorge

    Requires a dropcam pro camera as well??? So this does not work by itself..?

    • Snowbo13

      there is a monthly fee involved with the dorpcam pro i bet you have to have that for these to work.

      • NeilGeorge

        No longer interested in the item any more..

        • JRomeo

          here’s a better alternative http://www.canary.is

          • NeilGeorge

            Now that is even better.. no additional costs..Thank you JRomeo

      • Chris Pinola

        From what i’ve seen, that monthly fee only applies if you want them to backup your recorded video to their cloud. https://www.dropcam.com/store

  • litobirdy

    so you need to be within bluetooth range for alerts? I didnt see this out of htier house area when getting alerts.

    • Shane Redman

      I think that’s why you need the pro camera, so the tabs can talk to the camera which is connected to the net which will push the notification.

  • The Narrator

    I can’t wait for this to be in the next Paranormal Activity!

  • Neat idea.

  • Can I get an “amen” for Tasker integration, please? That would take this neat thing and make it totally fantastic.