Yesterday’s leak did not leave much to the imagination. And today’s big Nest revelation pretty much confirms everything we saw – that’s exactly what happens when Google is the one leaking. Still, this morning’s announcement marks one of the biggest updates to Google’s home security line in recent memory, with updates to various configurations of Nest’s security camera and doorbell.
Depending on how you count, Google is announcing up to four devices today. The list includes: the Google Nest Cam battery, the Google Nest Doorbell ($ 180 each), the $ 280 Google Nest Cam with floodlights and the $ 100 Google Nest Cam.
Nest Cams has a design that looks a bit like they went out of a Pixar movie. The basic $ 100 Nest Cam is a second-generation cable device designed for indoor use only. The $ 180 model, meanwhile, adds battery power and waterproofing, making it suitable for either indoor or outdoor use.
The company says it should have around three months of battery life on a charge, provided your home has an average of nine to 12 recorded “incidents” a day. The numbers obviously fluctuate a good deal, depending on how much action your house sees on a typical day. AI / ML is trained to record specific activities, triggered by things like people, animals or package deliveries, depending on the setting.
“Building a camera that uses ML to recognize objects requires the ML model to display millions of images first,” Google wrote in a blog post. “Our new Nest cameras and doorbells have been trained on 40 million images to accommodate many different environments and lighting conditions. Thanks to a groundbreaking TPU chip, our new cameras run an ML model up to 7.5 times per second, so reliability and accuracy are even better. Works in any home: Nest Cam and Doorbell’s wire-free design. “
I like the new streamlined design for the doorbell. Being battery powered means you can install it without having to futz with wires. Without direct access to a wired watch, you can configure to make calls through connected Google devices, such as Nest speakers and smart screens. Unlike Nest Hello (which Google holds on the market), the new doorbell does not offer continuous recording due to battery limitations. It should give you around three months of use, on average.
The new nest units can be pre-ordered today in 18 countries and go on sale on 24 August.