CES, also known as the Consumer Electronics Show, is an internationally renowned electronics and technology trade show. Started in 1967, the huge show now draws more than 175,000 people through the doors of the Las Vegas Convention Center each January. It’s an opportunity for almost the entire electronics industry to come together and share what they’ve been working on. Attendees look for patterns and trends, and try to anticipate what will show up in stores within the next year. As you can imagine, there are a lot of amazingly cool products. One could argue that properties with security systems can contribute to selling your house fast. Here are a few of the several home monitoring systems we heard about.
This DIY installation product detects and alerts you to the presence of person, car or animal on your property. It has an infra-red night vision setting or you can switch on the camera’s floodlight to deter unwanted visitors. The free app allows you to watch live stream from any device, anytime. If you’re not a fan of cloud storage, (some people are concerned about privacy and security issues), you’ll appreciate that videos are stored locally on the camera’s microSD card.
Unfortunately, Netatmo Presence isn’t available just yet, but you can sign up at their website to receive notification when it is.
This is also a self-install security system. The difference is this one not only allows you to monitor anyone on your property, you can also interact with that person via a built-in microphone and speakers from your device, wherever you are – whether you’re home, at the office or on the beach. Since it’s battery operated, weather-resistant and wire-free, you can pretty much put it anywhere. Infrared LEDs allow you to see activity any time of day or night.
Unlike the Netatmo system, this one records to the cloud and charges a monthly fee of $3 or an annual fee of $30. Their website says shipping of this $199 product will begin in February; you can preorder.
Blink is another battery-powered, wire-free, home monitoring system. The difference from the other two is that right now Blink is best used indoors only, whereas the others are more for monitoring the outside of your home. You can install one unit or several to create a system that monitors exactly the areas you want, such as the front entryway, a child’s room or the garage. When motion is detected, the video starts recording and an alert is sent directly to your smartphone or tablet. Then you can see exactly what caused the alert and decide if/how to respond. If you want to initiate a look around your property, you can use Live View via the Blink app.
Pricing is based on the number of cameras you purchase, from $79 for one up to $289 for five. Like the other systems, Blink is available for pre-order and shipments are expected to start at the end of January.
CES is a week-long show, so there are a LOT of new must-see and can-hardly-believe technologies and toys to take in. Stay tuned for more articles on home innovation from CES 2016.