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Google wants all of your devices to be connected

We’ve seen Google make a push into home-based “smart devices” with the purchase of Nest Labs in early January. That move, along with the recent discovery that Google could have future intentions of turning “refrigerators, car dashboards, thermostats, glasses, and watches” into advertising billboards, has some people concerned.
As if the prospects of Google’s expanding advertising ambitions weren’t enough to stir paranoia from the tech masses, this latest report from The Information will likely send skeptics over the edge. Google is reportedly in talks to purchase Dropcam, a startup created by Greg Duffy and Aamir Virani that specializes in connected cameras.

Dropcam CEO Greg Duffy (L) and COO Aamir Virani (R) 
The company currently sells the $149 Dropcam which provides a 107-degree field of view, 4x zoom, night vision, two-way talk via the built-in speaker and microphone, intelligent alerts that can be emailed or pushed to your mobile device, and optional cloud recording. A $199 Dropcam Pro ups the ante with a 130-degree field of view, an 8x zoom along with superior low-light and audio performance.

Dropcam Pro
The company is also pushing towards a summer release of Dropcam Tabs, which are small, wireless motion sensors that can be placed on windows, doors, or even refrigerators (if you’re into that kind of thing). The device can then instantaneously alert you via your mobile device or PC whenever movement has been detected.

If the report is true, the Dropcam acquisition would mesh with Google’s goal to turn the Nest team into a fully functioning hardware group within the company. And with Apple looking to push into the home automation market with “Smart Home,” Dropcam would definitely jumpstart Google’s efforts to become a big player in this space.

Source: The Information

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Will open door to competitors who won't sell your data
By tayb on 5/27/2014 12:53:17 PM , Rating: 2
Nest and Dropcam were pretty interesting because they weren't in the business of acquiring information about you to sell to advertisers. With Google behind the helm I have no interest in either of these products. Because when you deal with Google you aren't the customer you are the product.

I want motion sensors that help control my climate, turn the lights on when I walk into a room, and alert me that someone has entered my house. I don't want the habits inside of my home being sold to advertisers to better send me targeted advertising. I'm not interested in business relationships where I am the product another company is selling.

I have nothing against Google but I don't want them in my house. They already have enough insight into my personal life via my phone, maps, and browser. I don't need or want them to know more about what I do inside my home.

By Spuke on 5/27/2014 6:38:28 PM , Rating: 2

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