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Google launches 3 products including smart camera “Nest Cam”

The United States Google on August 5th, battery-powered smart camera “Google Nest Cam (indoor / outdoor compatible / battery-powered)” and battery-powered video doorphone “Google Nest Doorbell (Battery Type)” on the 26th, indoor smart camera In addition to launching “Google Nest Cam (indoor / power adapter type)” in Japan within a few months, “Google Nest Aware” is a subscription service that allows you to use video history and additional functions with Google Nest products accordingly. Also announced that it will start on the 26th.

All products have been developed with an emphasis on smart alert notifications, wireless functions that can flexibly respond to various installation methods, a design that fits in at home, and privacy and security. It can be used in conjunction with other Google Nest products, including Google Nest’s smart display.

Google Nest Cam has a WiFi-connected camera “Nest Cam Inddor” capable of 24-hour video history in 2015, an outdoor camera “Nest Cam Outdoor” that detects people in 2016, and recognized person detection and HDR. Added Nest Cam IQ indoor / outdoor camera set, Nest Hello doorbell with delivery detection and quick operation in 2018, flat-rate subscription for all Nest devices including cameras, speakers and displays in 2020 We continue to provide products with Nest Aware.

“The four key values ​​of new products are” smart, “” diverse usage, “” high reliability, “and” privacy and security, “” said Julie Zoo, Google Product Manager.

Google Nest Cam provides a “recognized person detection function” that detects labeled people by on-device processing using machine learning, and it occurs indoors and outdoors by detecting people, animals, and vehicles. In addition to sending smart notifications focused on important events, Google Nest Doorbell can detect people, animals, vehicles, as well as luggage.

By processing the video on the device without connecting to the cloud, it will realize more relevant notifications and enhanced privacy and security.

“These technologies are because we’re focused on improving the algorithms. We’ve trained on over 40 million images, including over 25 million composite images, and Google Research is working with Unity. Unity In collaboration with, we were able to represent various objects in 3D in a game-like world. The simulated data can search images even at the level of 1 pixel. People, animals, vehicles, luggage, and subdivided them. It uses the latest AI research, FPN (Feature Pyramid Networks) architecture, by detecting nine object classes that have been transformed, and by using the state-of-the-art TPU (Tensor Processing Unit) chip for machine learning developed by our company. , Runs up to 7.5 times per second, allowing you to move objects faster and more accurately. “

In addition, there is an “activity area” where you can specify a specific area and receive a notification when something happens, and a “recognized person” who can set and manage who the camera should recognize. It also provides features such as “Detect” (available only to Google Nest Aware subscribers) and allows you to send clips created from your video history to your friends and family.

In addition, Google Nest Cam (indoor / outdoor / battery-powered) and Google Nest Doorbell can be installed at home regardless of the power outlet or existing doorphone wiring, and because it is wireless, installation is also available, Google The Nest Cam (indoor / outdoor / battery-powered) can be mounted on a desktop using a stand accessory (sold separately).

In addition, both products can be used in combination with Google Nest smart display. For example, you can see your garden in real time from the Google Nest smart display in your kitchen, get notified when the doorphone rings, and use the Google Home app to access all compatible home devices. However, it is said that it can be centrally managed.

In the unlikely event of Wi-Fi outage or power outage, both products can record up to an hour of activity video history (about a week’s worth of activity) in local storage, and Google Nest Cam (for indoor use). (Power adapter type) records video on the device even if the Wi-Fi connection is interrupted, and when the connection is restored, the event is uploaded to the cloud, making it possible to check the video recording.

In addition, both products process data on-device, video is encrypted during storage and transfer, and LED status lights illuminate the user whenever the camera is processing video. Google Account also offers additional protection, including two-step verification, suspicious activity detection, and security diagnostics.

On the other hand, Google Nest Aware is a subscription service for Google Nest products that allows you to use video history and additional features. Instead of the price per camera, subscriptions cover all Google Nest devices throughout the house, and adding new devices doesn’t change the price.

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For 630 yen per month (6300 yen for annual purchase), you can check the video history of activities for the past 30 days, and you can use the detected person detection function. Google Nest Aware Plus costs 1,260 yen per month (12,600 yen per year), and allows you to use continuous video history for the past 10 days and video history for activities over the past 60 days.

The various devices announced are inspired by lighting and architecture, and in Japan, they will be available in one color, “Snow,” which is easy to fit in a room. The price is 23,900 yen for Google Nest Cam (indoor / outdoor / battery type), 23,900 yen for Google Nest Doorbell (Battery Type), and Google Nest Cam (indoor / power adapter type) including tax. 12,300 yen.

Aldous McEwan

Aldous McEwan writes books, which, considering where you’re reading this, makes perfect sense. He’s best known for writing science fiction, entertainment including the bestseller Redshirts, which won the Hugo Award for Best Novel.

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