With the growing poverty rates, increasing unemployment, widespread economic crisis and an alarming surge in home robberies and break-ins, having a reliable surveillance device in your home is no longer a convenient option – it has become a downright necessity. But how to pick the right gadget that does it all but does not come with an exorbitant price tag? Meet Withings Home. Introduced at the Berlin’s 2014 IFA electronics show, this smart video, audio and environmental monitor guarantees extremely reliable and incredibly comprehensive security performance 24/7 and it also comes in a handsome user-friendly package that will not stand out from your stylish home interior décor. Let’s take a closer look at it.
A fresh addition to the line of elegant smart hi-tech products created by the well-known brand of connected gadgetry Withings, Home is a handsome wireless HD camera wrapped in a plastic-and-wood casing and attached to a handy LED multi-color light base and fitted with a sturdy magnet for simple mounting and assembly routines. In addition to its clever external hardware and the top-notch high definition CMOS sensor for unparalleled visual and audio surveillance, this stunning monitoring device is packed with a host of handy environmental sensors that will help you stay connected to your home and loved ones. Withings Home features a five-megapixel camera with a 135-degree wide angle view, four-power zoom capabilities and convenient night vision functions. On top of that, there are also two digital microphones onboard paired with a 2W high quality speaker with advanced echo and noise cancellation capacities for two-way communication with your family on the go. And there’s an extra fun twist: with its speaker and mic capacities, Home can also play lullabies to soothe your child in case they wake up in the middle of the night. Now that’s something few other baby monitors on the market can do, but it’s nevertheless a very precious feature unless you’re all too eager to turn into another insomniac baby weep-driven parent.
Thanks to its superior monitoring capacities, Withings Home can detect any motion or audio disturbance in its immediate surroundings such as a baby crying or people talking on the premises. Upon detecting a suspicious visual or auditory event, Home will start recording audio and video footage which then gets uploaded to the online Cloud service where you can access or download it via iOS or web-based companion application within 48 hours from the capture session. According to the company officials, you can also use your smart monitor to create an online video Home Diary with footage of the most memorable events which can be accessed and viewed online of from a smartphone (iPhone 4S or later, most iPads, iPod touch 4th generation and above, as well as most iOS 7.0 devices with ready internet access).
But that’s not all: on top of its superb surveillance and filming features, Withings Home can also keep track of the environmental factors in your home such as unexpected variations in humidity, temperature and levels of potentially hazardous household chemicals and toxins (known as Volatile Organic Compounds or VOC) and alert you by delivering prompt personalized notifications in case of any sudden changes, which is a mighty useful function to have on hand when you’re not around to adjust your heating or watch out for possibly harmful gas or liquid leaks around your property.
Boasting outstanding Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity (including Bluetooth LE) and compatibility with standard Ethernet cables, Withings Home requires a minimal 30-second setup procedure and comes in the package with the Withings Home companion application (available languages comprise English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, German, Chinese and Japanese). In the box, you’ll get your new Home monitor measuring 3.43 x 2.95 x 2.95 inches and weighing a slight one pound, and as far as colorways go, it comes in the standard white and natural wood accents, though special editions should be issued later.
So, are you ready to take the safety of your home to the next level? You’d better be, because Withings Home is here to help you do that – and at a reasonable price, too.
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