Over the weekend, Dropcam announced via its support knowledge base that it would soon be discontinuing support for older products, namely the original Dropcam and Dropcam Echo. The Nest-owned company has plans to improve the experience of its IP cameras, so that (unfortunately) means newly planned features won’t work on these older products and they will be shut down. Thankfully, because of the end-of-life status of those two products in particular, Dropcam is going to replace yours for free with a Dropcam HD. How awesome is that? (more…)
An update released last night to Dropcam’s Android app allows for the IP cam to work with Nest and Nest Protect in an automated fashion that you might find incredibly useful. By connecting your Dropcam devices to Nest or Nest Protect, you could have your Dropcam automatically turn on as you set your Nest away and leave for the day. You could also have Dropcam turn on, record, and update your activity feed if a Nest Protect were to detect smoke or CO. (more…)
Dropcam Tabs, sticky movement sensors that can be placed anywhere around your house and used to send notifications when things like doors, gates or windows open, have been put on hold by the IP cam company, thanks to their recent acquisition by Nest.
The products were first introduced back in May, going up immediately for pre-order. Unfortunately for those who pre-ordered, your order will never be fulfilled. This afternoon, Dropcam sent out status updates on pre-orders, stating that they are excited to begin “collaborating closely with Nest,” but that because of the acquisition, they are reassessing future product plans and canceling pre-orders. Those who ordered will receive full refunds within the next couple of weeks. (more…)
As we got ready to cruise into the weekend, Nest went ahead and announced that they are acquiring Dropcam, the popular IP cam company, for $555 million. Nest noted that they did a lot of research on camera companies, finding that Dropcam “without a doubt, has the best products, services, and customer experience in the business.”
If you own Dropcam products, Nest wants you to know that nothing is changing at this point. You can still buy them online or in some stores and that your Dropcam account will still work for the time being. Eventually, though, they will fold in Dropcam services in to Nest, which I would imagine means you will use a Nest account and see Dropcam activity in the Nest app. (more…)
Google’s movement into smart home territory has caught many people’s attention and with a new report, they might be looking to expand that reach even further. After a $3.2 billion acquisition of Nest, the smart thermostat company, reports are now coming out that Google is also contemplating bringing Dropcam on board as well. (more…)
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! (more…)