Belkin announced today the release of a new high definition wireless camera to their product line. The NetCam HD will retail for $149.99 and offers full 720p HD resolution, digital audio, a wide-angle lens, infrared night vision capabilities, setup via mobile devices, movement detection email alerts and the ability to record live video to mobile devices. The camera will also be WeMo SMART capable. WeMo is a wifi based home control platform for other devices in the home using a wireless network. Using the WeMo capabilities with the new camera, users could setup rules for certain actions to occur when the motion sensor is activated. Belkin has developed a free NetCam app for Android and iOS devices that let you monitor the video feed on your mobile device. Belkin expects the new camera to be available in spring 2013.
We here at Talk Android love when we can use our Android devices to control items in our homes and Belkin has delivered in a big way by introducing its new WeMo Light Switch— aiming to help home automation just a little bit easier for all. The specialized light switch is basically a WiFi-controlled unit which replaces an existing light switch and connects into your home’s existing electrical wiring—- allowing users to control all aspects of lighting, right from the comfort of their Android devices. Additionally, users can control the lighting in their homes from anywhere at anytime or even make a set of schedules of when to turn on/off the lights.
While the WeMo Light Switch will be on full display at CES 2013 this week, it will be a while before Android users can get their hands on the puppy. Belkin pledges the WeMo Light Switch and app will be available for all Android users by this summer for Android devices operating on Ice Cream Sandwich and above.
While we wait to see this nifty little gadget in person, why not hit past the break to see the full presser?
It’s taken me a little while to be able to review the Nexus Q social media streamer from Google. Why? Because for some reason, the Q was totally incompatible with my home router, a D-Link DIR-655. Something about the router just would not let me see the Q on my network, leaving me unable to control the Q with my Nexus 7 tablet.
Not an auspicious start for Google’s fledgling Play Store content consumption device. But I was determined to get this thing working and went so far as to buy myself a new router, one of the Linksys variety, since all reports from users with Linksys routers were positive, plus I could use a new router anyway.
A hundred bucks later, I had the Nexus Q up and running with no problems at all and have been using it for the last several days. Is it worth the steep $299 retail price tag? Read on to find out.
If you were to look deep within Bloomberg’s lengthy recap of Google’s recent Motorola acquisition, you would notice that Motorola wasn’t the only company Google acquired throughout the whole process. Google also purchased the San Francisco industrial design studio, Mike and Maaike, who can be credited for designing the G1, Google’s first Android phone, and the Android Smartphone 1 (pictured above – a device that was used internally for testing the Android OS).
Not only has the bay area designer helped Google in the past, they also helped in designing Microsoft’s X-Box 360 and has worked closely with companies such as Belkin, Steelcase, Incase, Dupont, Ironkey, and the City of San Francisco. This is clearly a move to help Google get a leg up on their competitors and should prove to be beneficial when it comes to product design. Motorola’s new CEO, Dennis Woodside, spoke with Bloomberg and had this to say about the acquisition. “Google has always been interested in hardware. The natural next step is for us to get even more serious and to really go for it.” Good for you Google. Not that I dislike Motorola’s overlying design behind the DROID line, I just think it’s time to change things up a bit.
Head over to Mike and Maiike’s website to see some of the other projects they have dabbled in. You will notice a minimalistic look across most of their design that could bode well for future Android design.