In September 2017, Nest – known for its smart thermostats and other connected home devices – announced the Nest Hello; a video doorbell designed to improve your home security. It’s like a regular video doorbell, but with added features, such as advanced person deteaction and intelligent facial recognition.
The Nest Hello has a built-in 160-degree wide-angle lens capable of capturing whoever is at your door in HDR HD video quality with a 4:3 aspect ratio; the wide angle lens and aspect ratio mean you’re better able to see the whole scene outside your door rather than a narrow view.
Being a smart home device, the Nest Hello can connect to your smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth LE, allowing you to look at and communicate with guests at your door via your phone – the Hello naturally has a built-in speaker and microphone. Other features include “Nap Time Mode” which is essentially a do-not-disturb state for your house, which seems a little weird if you ask me. Another feature is “Quick Response” allowing you to issue a pre-recorded message, for example, telling couriers to leave a package on the doorstep.
With the September launch, Nest simply said the Nest Hello would launch in “early 2018”, but the firm has now updated its website honing in on a planned March 2018 release date. A specific dat hasn’t been mentioned yet, but the Nest Hello was previously put up for pre-order and remains in this state should you wish to buy one ahead of release. It’s priced at $229, though pre-order customers will also receive a free Google Home Mini as well.
All that said, I’m not sure how I feel about hanging $229 worth of expensive-looking smart hardware off the side of my house; can’t help but feel it’d be gone in a few days!
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Apple expert and novelist, Michael Grothaus has been covering tech on KnowYourMobile for the best part of 10 years. Prior to this, he worked at Apple. And before that, he was a film journalist. Michael is a published author; his book Epiphany Jones was voted as one of the best novels about Hollywood by Entertainment Weekly. Michael is also a writer at other publications including VICE and Fast Company.