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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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RE: Jumped the shark
By Reclaimer77 on 5/27/2014 1:11:31 PM , Rating: 2
Curious you didn't post this in the Apple home automation discussion. But when it comes to Google, out comes that rampant paranoia and conspiracy theories.

RE: Jumped the shark
By Brandon Hill on 5/27/2014 1:23:19 PM , Rating: 2
The whole "All Knowing Google" doesn't really bother me (I use plenty of Google services), but I'm guessing that for some people it comes down to Google primarily being an ad-driven company while Apple is first and foremost a consumer mobile devices/PC company.

But even in that context, I don't even really see what the big deal is. Just don't buy a Google camera/thermostat/etc. if you're so turned off by the idea... there are plenty of other fish in the sea.

RE: Jumped the shark
By Reclaimer77 on 5/27/2014 1:31:00 PM , Rating: 1
I don't see what the big deal is either. A lot of it is ignorance. These people act like someone at Google is literally watching their every move, and reading their every message or something. That's just not how it works.

Fanboism is a big part of it here on Daily Tech, of course. If you don't like Google, you make a huge issue out of the advertising and accuse them of "stealing" data, whether or not you actually believe that, is immaterial.

Microsoft fanbois are the same way. Which is why I'm always quick to point out that Microsoft owns and run their own targeted ad firm, using data they "stole" as well.

Looks like Apple isn't far behind...

RE: Jumped the shark
By atechfan on 5/27/2014 1:39:40 PM , Rating: 2
Perception is a large part of it. Everyone knows that Google is an ad company, whereas Apple is not thought of that way.

Of course, with Apple the announcement was even scarier, since they patented the idea without any related product. We all know where that is heading.

RE: Jumped the shark
By NellyFromMA on 5/28/2014 4:28:39 PM , Rating: 1
He clearly isn't going to be buying based on his response.

You don't need to see what the big deal is if you don't want to or if the pros outway the cons for you.

Someone expressing their opinion isn't equivalent to their telling you to change your mind.

Failure to understand this is to become "Reclaimer", and that's just not good for anyone. We can probably all agree on that.

RE: Jumped the shark
By Reclaimer77 on 5/28/2014 5:36:33 PM , Rating: 3
I'm sorry but he's not just saying this isn't for him. He's claiming police will be using Google's technology to spy on you, and other paranoid ramblings.

This not only is highly unlikely (Google will NOT be recording video from your camera and saving it on a server), but alarmist fanboi talk.

Just because you might agree with him, doesn't mean he's right or he's just innocently expressing some "opinion". Talked BS, got called on it. That's what happened here.

RE: Jumped the shark
By atechfan on 5/29/2014 1:55:30 PM , Rating: 2
No more paranoid than the people who claimed the Kinect was going to spy on them.

RE: Jumped the shark
By Reclaimer77 on 5/29/2014 4:37:42 PM , Rating: 2
Well for the record I was never one of those people. However the big issue with Kinect was that MS originally wanted it required for the Xbox One to function. People felt it was being forced on them.

p.s You have a talent for working an MS product into every topic :)

RE: Jumped the shark
By Nortel on 5/27/2014 2:05:55 PM , Rating: 2
No I did not post in that topic. I'm not a fan of home automation at all ... It just feels so utterly gimmicky and for the most part, pointless.

RE: Jumped the shark
By Reclaimer77 on 5/27/2014 3:21:29 PM , Rating: 2
That's a common opinion of those with small minds, so no surprise coming from you.

How is home automation any more "gimmicky" than an automatic car wash, or the assembly line?

The point of home automation is to *gasp* AUTOMATE...

RE: Jumped the shark
By Spuke on 5/27/2014 6:29:32 PM , Rating: 2
Home automation is AWESOME! Not only am I glad that Google is getting into this but I'm happy prices are finally coming out of the stratosphere on these products. Looking forward to new developments from Google.

RE: Jumped the shark
By Reclaimer77 on 5/27/2014 7:20:30 PM , Rating: 3
Well if there's one thing Google is good at, it's driving prices down and disrupting markets.

SO yeah, I'm looking forward to seeing what their plans are for smarthomes personally.

Apple? Just..LMAO, noooo, I don't think so.

“And I don't know why [Apple is] acting like it’s superior. I don't even get it. What are they trying to say?” -- Bill Gates on the Mac ads

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