Amazon's latest Alexa device is a home security camera

by Linda Olson October 26, 2017, 0:14
Amazon's latest Alexa device is a home security camera

"Amazon seems to be on an unstoppable mission to own every aspect of the home", said CCS Insight analyst Ben Wood. Users can check on the pets from work, monitor the front door while traveling, or look in on the kids' room from the kitchen. It's a indoor home security camera that acts as the brains for a smart lock, allowing Amazon to decide when it should open your house for a delivery.

It sounds like Amazon has thought this through completely, but we still expect to see some push back against Key and the idea of granting Amazon drivers access to your home when you're not around.

The most interesting thing about the Cloud Cam is its integration with a new Amazon service called Amazon Key. Prime Members in the 37 cities where it's launching will first have to order the $250 Amazon Key In-Home Kit, which includes Amazon's new Cloud Cam and a compatible smart lock.

I've been waiting for an Amazon security camera ever since the online retailer and smart home manufacturer faked me out with the fashion-focused Echo Look cam.

Amazon also recommends not using in-home delivery if a pet can reach the front door. Drivers will knock before unlocking the door electronically with a handheld scanner.

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The Cloud Cam, which will be controlled by a yet-to-be-released Cloud Cam app, is available for pre-order with shipments beginning on November 8th. It won't tell you who it sees, but it should divide alerts into basic motion and person-related motion. If you only pick up the camera without a monthly subscription, you'll be able to access video clips (which are recorded when human activity is detected) from a single camera, which are stored on Amazon's AWS servers.

The Cloud Cam itself is a slick piece of hardware. All of this is done through an encryption process, and once the process is complete, the Cloud Cam begins recording, and the door is unlocked for the employee to enter.

The service also offers keyless access for family and friends. Customers can try any subscription free for 3 days. Cloud Cam is created to fit in any part of your house, freestanding or mounted, just plug it in, download the free Cloud Cam App for iOS, Android or Fire OS, and get started. Owners can access the camera via their Echo Show, Echo Spot, Fire TV, or Fire tablet using voice commands.

You know the one. One camera costs $119.99, but it can also be purchased in bundles of two for $199.99 and three for $289.99. This time the security camera industry just got a new competitor.


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