Withings, a company well-known for its line of iPhone-connected health and fitness tracking accessories, today announced a new video monitoring device with environmental sensors called Home. While Home is a video monitoring solution that can be used for security, the company is also including some pretty unique features that it hopes will make your home both a healthier and safer environment.
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For starters, the wide-angle HD camera (which also has night vision) is capable of detecting motion and noise, but will also specifically monitor for signs of distress: it also specifically recognizes crying and the presence of people. On top of that, the device includes environmental sensors for measuring various data points for things like temperature, humidity and air quality:
Aside from giving users vision into the home while away, Withings Home truly emulates how our home is an extension of our health. Contrary to common belief, our indoor environment is two to five times more toxic than our outdoor environment. Equipped with environmental sensors, Home is able to measure temperature, humidity and levels of Volatile Organic Compound1 (VOC) inside your home, a strategic element of indoor air quality. By alerting users to unhealthy changes in temperature, humidity or air quality, Home will give them the key data to help them build a healthier environment.
Home also has the ability to automatically upload video to the cloud and send notifications to users when an event is detected.
The company confirmed today that Home will be integrated with Apple’s new HomeKit home automation platform in iOS 8 with an API to let other developers build solutions with the hardware.
Home will be available from Withings for $219.00 (a date hasn’t been announced) and the company says other color options are arriving in the future.
– HD video – Wide Angle 135° – 2 digital microphones and an HQ speaker – 2 way audio with Audio Echo Cancellation and Noise Reduction – Clear night vision with mechanical IR switch – Zoom ePTZ x 4 with 5MP CMOS Sensor – Remote customizable night-light – Motion, Noise detection – People detection – Cry recognition – Flexible Cloud Video Recording Plan – In-app timeline/diary with free video and smart snapshot- In-app timeline/diary with free video and smart snapshot