Nest Labs, the Google-owned smart home company behind the Nest thermostat, is introducing an outdoor version of their popular indoor home security camera, allowing the security-and design-obsessed design to breathe a little easier.
The $199 outdoor camera is both weatherproof and battery-less, and unlike the average motion-detecting camera, the Nest Cam knows when its looking at a person as opposed to your neighbor’s cat, due to special software being developed in tandem with Google. It can even send users a text message altering them to the presence of a human. The device, which is attached to a magnetized disc, promises simple, straightforward installation.
It also records everything it hears and sees, storing 1080p HD video, footage in the cloud for up to a month. The device also includes a speaker and two-way microphone, so you can tell burglars to scram or ask delivery people to just leave a package at the door.
In case you have doubts about the usefulness of having a 24/7 live feed of your front porch, the company collected a slew of chilling Nest Cam footage showing how the indoor cam helped customers prevent home break-ins. It’s not a huge leap to assume users would rather be alerted about a burglar before the thief gets inside.
The Nest Cam Outdoor is now available for preorder and will be released this fall.