Nest Announces Nest Hello, Nest Cam IQ, and Nest Secure

September 20, 2017

3:50 pm

Next, the company that first gained recognition in the home tech world due to its smart thermostats, today announced six new products aimed at fully securing homes. Prior to now, they only offered general coverage through their Nest Cams; however, they will soon be adding a new smart doorbell, an outdoor camera with their IQ technology, and a full home alarm system.

Not only does the new hardware better position Nest for full home security coverage, it allows them to further compete against traditional security providers like ADT. The biggest differentiator between the new solution set is that according to Nest, it should take only 30 minutes or less to full install the new Nest Secure alarm system and can come with you when you move.

“Today, Nest is delivering on the next phase of our strategy to create the thoughtful home,” said Marwan Fawaz, chief executive officer of Nest. “We’ve had quite a year so far, expanding into 11 more countries, growing our product portfolio with the successful launches of Nest Cam IQ indoor and the Nest Thermostat E, and today we’re disrupting yet another product industry: home security. By building product experiences our customers love, Nest has experienced more than 60 percent growth on devices shipped in recent years and continues to expand to millions of homes around the world.”

Nest Secure

From today’s event, the biggest news for Nest is around their new in-home security system. While some companies offer monitoring systems with alerts and cameras, Nest is going even further with sensors and a hub. It will also work regardless of wifi connection, and has a built in backup battery. Nest Secure will consist of Nest Guard, Nest Tag, and Nest Detect. This modular system is said to be easy to install, will replace the need for your standard security system, and further integrate with Nest Cams.

Nest Secure will begin shipping in November, be priced at $499, and include a Nest Guard hub, two Nest Detect sensors, and two Nest Tag key fobs. For cellular/data backup you’ll also have to spend $5 a month or $50 a year, and there is also an optional partnered monitoring service for 24/7 support through MONI.

“When we looked at the home security market, we saw a similar landscape to when we entered the thermostat market,” said Matt Rogers, Nest’s founder and chief product officer. “Just as people tend not to use programmable thermostats because of their complexity, the current home security offerings are also a huge pain to live with –whether it’s bulky hardware, false alarms or loud and stressful countdowns. That’s why 43 percent of people with alarm systems don’t ever arm them.*We set out to design a product that isn’t just effective during a security incident, but is delightful and easy to use when people are at home with their families, living their lives, which is the vast majority of the time.”

Nest Guard – Alarm and Hub

This all-in-one security base will act as the hub of Nest Guard. It features a keypad, 85 decibel siren, a backup battery, voice prompts, and is fully customizable through the app. Unlike your standard, horrible security systems with keypads (come on, we all hate those), you can either deactivate/activate the alarm using a key fob, Nest Tag; the app; or if you really want to, typing in a password.

Nest Tag – NFC Key Fob

You tag in and you tag out, it’s as simple as that. Nest Tag will allow you to avoid having to punch in passwords, and for each Tag you can set windows of times when they are active. That way if you have a dog walker with a specific schedule, they can use the keyfob to enter and leave without much hassle. Each additional Nest Tag will set you back $25.

Nest Detect – Sensors

Sensors are certainly not a new technology for monitoring your home, and off the bat Nest is starting with the basics. With Nest Detect you can place them on windows, walls, and doors. These battery powered sensors detect both open/close motion, as well as regular motion for wall use. According to Nest the batteries should last about two years. Each additional Nest Detect will cost $59.

Nest Hello (Doorbell)

Nest Hello

To nobody's surprise, Nest is taking a stab at the connected doorbell with their own take on it, Nest Hello. Their doorbell, which is very similar in nature to Ring, will include a built in HD camera, two-way audio, and smart alerts. Hello will also include a list of pre-recorded responses that you can activate if you’re not currently available to talk. One particular feature that Nest highlighted is that you will be able to set a naptime. When in this mode your doorbell won’t ring at home, but will alert you through the app.

Although Nest did not give a specific date, Nest Hello will ship in Q1 of 2018, and pricing is yet to be released.

General Specs and Features
  • All glass lens
  • Bluetooth LE
  • Design features a light ring
  • Built in speaker and microphone
  • 4:3 HD Video
  • 160 degree field of view
  • MIMO 802.11 ac WIFI

Nest Cam IQ Outdoor

Nest Cam IT outdoor wall mounted

Building on Nest’s announcement earlier this year of the Nest Cam IQ for indoor monitoring, today the company announced an outdoor version. While Nest already has a $200 version of Nest available for outdoor use, the new Nest Cam IQ Outdoor version brings pumped up specs and the power of Google’s FaceNet technology into the fold. With Next Cam IQ Outdoor you’ll get 4K live streaming, slightly better weather resistance, an improved WIFI connection, and the Familiar Faces feature.

Familiar Faces uses facial recognition technology that gives you better information and alerts, versus the existing system that knows the difference between people, animals, and things.

The Nest Cam IQ is now open for preorders and will ship in November of this year to the U.S., Canada, and Europe. It’s priced at $350, but will be available in a combo pack from Best Buy. However, you’ll also need to pay at least $10 per month for their cloud storage solution if you want to use the Familiar Faces feature. They will continue to offer the existing Nest Cam Outdoor for $200.

Nest also announced an update to the existing IQ camera that will allow it to talk to Google Assistant.

Test Specs and Features
  • Tamper resistant mount
  • IP66 weather resistant
  • Bluetooth LE and thread
  • MIMO 802.11 ac WIFI
  • Built in speaker for 2-way audio
  • 130 degree iris
  • Infrared LEDs
  • 6-core processor
  • 4K camera with HDR
  • 12 x digital zoom
  • 3 microphone array with noise/echo suppression
  • Illuminator light ring around the lens
  • Cloud based video storage

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