Report: Google Has Plans to Acquire Connected-Camera Maker Dropcam
May 27, 2014 11:08 AM
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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
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
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.
The company is also pushing towards a summer release of
, 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 “
,” Dropcam would definitely jumpstart Google’s efforts to become a big player in this space.
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RE: Jumped the shark
5/28/2014 5:36:33 PM
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
5/29/2014 1:55:30 PM
No more paranoid than the people who claimed the Kinect was going to spy on them.
RE: Jumped the shark
5/29/2014 4:37:42 PM
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 :)
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