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  • SimpliSafe upgrades the DIY home security experience

    SimpliSafe upgrades the DIY home security experience

    SimpliSafe, a Boston-based home security company, launched their first security products in 2009 and the devices were a hit. Thanks to their home-security-in-a-box solution the average homeowner could install door sensors, glass-break microphones, and motion detectors without having to run wires or even have a salesperson visit their home. The Lego-like system of removable components was… Read More

  • Amazon debuts Cloud Cam and Key to take on Nest, August and others in home security

    Amazon debuts Cloud Cam and Key to take on Nest, August and others in home security

    Amazon wants to be the hub for your connected home, and today the company announced two new products that will help it fill out that ambition, specifically in the area of home security. It announced a new “intelligent” camera called the Cloud Cam, and a new smart-lock service called Key. You control both using Alexa, the voice-based assistant that powers its line of Echo speakers… Read More

  • Nodez is a smart home solution that brings all of its equipment on the bus

    Nodez is a smart home solution that brings all of its equipment on the bus

    Nodez is a company that promises to turn your entire home into a smart home with a single, all-encompassing package. Their $196 product includes a little of everything including a smoke/CO2 detector, switches, and even a flood sensor. In all you get nine smart objects for the cost of one Nest product. The trick is that the team has reduced the cost of the network and all of the sensors… Read More

  • SpotCam connects you to your home, outside and in

    SpotCam connects you to your home, outside and in

    When it comes to home surveillance cams there are two kinds of cams – low-end, highly-motorized, wireless IP cams that are (typically) fairly insecure and higher-end cloud service systems like Dropcam that offer secure but more expensive cameras. SpotCam seems to land squarely in the middle with their SpotCam Sense Pro line. I tested two models and found them more than acceptable for… Read More

  • Nest Cams now know what a door looks like and can monitor them automatically

    Nest Cams now know what a door looks like and can monitor them automatically

    Nest is shipping a new build of the Nest app this morning, and it comes with a few new tricks. Most notably, they’re bubbling up some more computer vision smarts. With this update, Nest Aware (the company’s paid service that starts at $10 a month and lets you record footage instead of just streaming it live) will try to automatically detect doors within its view and suggest… Read More

  • Dropcam cofounder Aamir Virani joins Felicis, becoming a VC

    Dropcam cofounder Aamir Virani joins Felicis, becoming a VC

    Last week, we learned that Dropcam cofounder Greg Duffy has headed over to Apple. Today, Felicis Ventures, the early-stage venture firm, is disclosing it has brought aboard Dropcam’s other cofounder, Aamir Virani, as its newest partner. The move seems a perfect fit for both sides. Felicis wrote one of the earliest checks to Dropcam, an internet-connected security camera company that… Read More

  • Crunch Report | AppDynamics Acquired for $3.7 Billion

    Cisco acquires AppDynamics for $3.7 billion, Facebook launches a Snapchat story clone in its app in Ireland, Amazon owns more of its shipping logistics, Apple isnt giving up on India, and Apple hires Dropcam co-founder Greg Duffy. All this on Crunch Report. Read More

  • Dropcam co-founder Greg Duffy goes to work for Apple

    Dropcam co-founder Greg Duffy goes to work for Apple

    As first reported by The Information, Dropcam co-founder Greg Duffy has found a new home at Apple. The move comes after a bit of a tumultuous stint at Google, when its subsidiary Nest picked up Duffy’s internet-connected security camera business in 2014 for $555 million. Duffy reportedly butted heads with Tony Fadell, accusing the Nest founder (and high-profile Apple ex-pat) of… Read More

  • Unboxing six gadgets from CES 2017

    I had a great time out here at CES 2017 in Las Vegas — every once in a while I got to sneak away and walk around a little bit and check out the goodies. A little walking here, a little checking stuff out there. Sometimes I fell asleep under tables… it’s just the nature of the beast. Sometimes people wanted me to check out their product, but I couldn’t do it right away… Read More

  • Three years later, Dropcam Pros get updated to handle 1080p

    Three years later, Dropcam Pros get updated to handle 1080p

    If you own a Dropcam Pro (the last model Dropcam shipped before it was bought by Nest): surprise! It can now do 1080p recording. Previously capped at 720p, Nest had long promised that 1080p support was on the way for the Dropcam Pro. Hell, even the Dropcam Pro’s box said it supported 1080p! When Nest eventually shipped a 1080p Nest Cam, many figured the long-promised update would… Read More

  • Butterfleye Raises Over $600K On Indiegogo For Its Smart Home Monitoring Camera

    Butterfleye Raises Over $600K On Indiegogo For Its Smart Home Monitoring Camera

    When we first checked in on hardware startup Butterfleye, they set out to raise $100,000 on Indiegogo to build its smart home monitoring system. Well, it blew through that goal and has raised an unbelievably impressive $604,451. The camera itself promises to cut out false positives when alerting you of movements in your home. An example? A light turning on and off triggers motion for some systems. Read More

  • Who Invests In Hardware Startups? Crunch Network

    Who Invests In Hardware Startups?

    While many angels and VCs are still skittish about hardware startups, there has been a massive renaissance in the hardware-funding ecosystem over the last few years. Since 2010, venture capital investment in hardware startups is up more than 30x. Read More

  • Hardware Incubators Are Critical To The Future Of Making Things Crunch Network

    Hardware Incubators Are Critical To The Future Of Making Things

    Hardware is hot — and poised to get hotter. Venture capital investment in connected device hardware startups reached approximately $1.48 billion in 2014, more than triple the amount of two years earlier. Meanwhile, the “fairy tale” acquisitions of Dropcam, Nest, Beats and Oculus — and the IPOs of Fitbit and GoPro — fuel public interest and momentum for new startups… Read More

  • Nest Launches A Camera: Meet The Nest Cam

    Nest Launches A Camera: Meet The Nest Cam

    Remember when Nest bought Dropcam? That first fruits of that purchase are finally dropping today: Nest has just announced the Nest Cam, an oh-so-Dropcam like security solution. At first glance, the Nest Cam looks like the Dropcam that we all already know. At second glance… it… still looks like a Dropcam. It’s a bit more slim and its curves are a bit curvier — but the… Read More

  • Dropcam Stops Selling Its Cheaper Model, The Dropcam HD

    Dropcam Stops Selling Its Cheaper Model, The Dropcam HD

    For the past few years, Dropcam’s product lineup has been a bit… confusing. Since October of 2013, Dropcam has sold two products: the Dropcam HD, and the Dropcam Pro. Which one were would-be buyers supposed to see as the “better” one? That won’t be a problem anymore. Read More

  • Blink Is An Affordable Wireless Security Cam For Your Home

    Blink Is An Affordable Wireless Security Cam For Your Home

    Security conscious types with a hankering to pepper their homes with sensor-packed cameras to keep remote tabs on their stuff should point their eyes at Blink: a wireless connected security camera with a relatively cheap price-tag vs the extant competition. Read More

  • Google and Nest Acquire Dropcam For $555 Million

    Google and Nest Acquire Dropcam For $555 Million

    Remember those rumors a few weeks ago that Google was looking to acquire the plug-and-play security camera company, Dropcam? Yep. It just happened. Just months after being acquired themselves, the now Google-owned Nest has just announced that they’ve acquired Dropcam. Read More

  • Security Cam Maker Dropcam Announces A Location-Based Motion Sensor

    Security Cam Maker Dropcam Announces A Location-Based Motion Sensor

    Dropcam, the makers of a plug and play security camera system, announced a new sensor, called Tabs, to add new functionality to the camera platform. The device, which is about as big as a stick of gum, can be carried around with you, attached to items, or even stuck to windows and doors. The sensors connect to Dropcam Pros via Bluetooth LE and transmit activities that happen around the house. Read More

  • Zoom! Enhance! Dropcam Pro Drops HD Surveillance Video Into Your Mobile Or Browser

    Zoom! Enhance! Dropcam Pro Drops HD Surveillance Video Into Your Mobile Or Browser

    I’ve had about a week to play with the new Dropcam Pro and I’m pleased to say I haven’t noticed it at all since I set it up. And that’s a good thing. The Dropcam Pro is a wireless video surveillance camera with a lot of great features. It costs $199 and the DVR service costs $10 per month. This lets you record everything that happens for seven full days, offering a… Read More