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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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