Enlarge / The Nest Cam IQ. The blue glow means it is recording.

Ron Amadeo

Google clearly has a aim of placing the Google Assistant nearly all over the place. Right this moment you could find it in smartphones, tablets, laptops, TVs, watches, good audio system, headphones and shortly, good shows. There’s one place you have not seen the Assistant, although: a digicam. Right this moment Google is fixing that by updating the Subsequent Cam IQ with Google Assistant assist. The gadget is now mainly a mini Google Residence with a digicam on high.

The Nest Cam IQ is Nest’s top-of-the-line indoor digicam, with a 4K sensor and an outrageously highly effective (for a digicam) six-core processor. All that energy is put to work crunching that 4K video feed all the way down to a extra affordable 1080p measurement, with the 4K sensor used to energy the “12x digital zoom” function accessible for its app. The Nest Cam IQ has all the time featured a microphone and speaker for distant communication, and now it should even be put to work to energy your standard Google Assistant instructions.

With the replace, you can converse the standard “OK Google” instructions, and the blue ring across the Nest Cam IQ will mild as much as present it is listening. Similar to each different Google Assistant gadget, it helps questions, good residence instructions, making purchasing lists, shopping for stuff, controlling Chromecasts, and a rating of different issues.

It must be no shock to see Nest and Google merchandise working extra carefully collectively, as Nest was just lately demoted from standalone Alphabet firm to Google subsidiary. Along with ending Nest’s tumultuous run as an Alphabet firm, the transfer additionally permits Nest to merge with the Google group and construct merchandise that work higher collectively.

After all the massive draw back to the Nest Cam IQ remains to be the worth, each initially and ongoing: it is $300 for a digicam and you then nonetheless must pay a month-to-month “Nest Conscious” subscription price for every digicam as a way to document video. The 10-day video historical past prices $10 a month (or $100 a yr) for the primary digicam and $5 a month (or $50 a yr) for each extra digicam, whereas a 30-day recording plan prices $30 a month (or $300 a yr) for the primary digicam and $15 a month (or $150 a yr) for every extra digicam. Right this moment, Nest is saying a fair lower-tier subscription price: a $5 a month plan for 5 days of recording time.

A cloud-powered digicam is fairly cool, and with immediately’s batch of updates, Nest is bettering the Nest Conscious service with two new options. There’s face recognition throughout cameras, so a shot of somebody exterior the home might be matched with a shot of somebody inside the home, and particular person alerts inside exercise zones, so that you might be alerted if an individual (versus any movement) enters a particular space.


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