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HomeHawk HD Remote Home Monitoring System

Panasonic knows that there can never be too high a price to pay when it comes to obtaining peace of mind, which is why they have introduced a brand new mobile app-based remote home monitoring system known as the HomeHawk HD Remote Home Monitoring System. Part of the KX-HN7000 series, the HomeHawk can be configured as a single HD camera in order to keep watch over your front door, or to have it work in tandem with a maximum of 16 peripheral HD camera units that will be able to cover the whole perimeter of the home and yard.

After all, with data getting cheaper by the day, while bandwidth increases, modern homeowners would not find it too much of an issue to keep an eye out on what’s going on in their backyard whenever they are away on a business trip or a long holiday halfway around the world. The HomeHawk will be able to keep an eye on activities inside and outside the home or apartment, regardless of the time of the day (or night). It will also work great to protect package deliveries, preview front door visitors, or simply knowing just when your loved ones have return home safely.

Some of the features that make the HomeHawk stand out would be the main front door full-color HD camera that is completely wire-free and weather-resistant, where it will come with LED assisted lighting to boot. With an extremely wide angle of 172 degrees, it is able to cover both door sills top to bottom fully, while capturing all that goes on in the entire entry area from left to right. The ability to hook up to 16 optional HomeHawk wire-free outdoor/indoor weather-resistant peripheral full-color HD cameras also make it very attractive, and the benefit of 2-way audio with built-in microphones and speakers is also an added bonus. Any takers?

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ANNKE ups home security ante with Nova Orion and Nova S

annke-nova-sIt has been said before that a man’s home is his castle. However, a castle is supposed to impart a sense of majesty and an impregnable fortress, and the latter is something that is sadly missing from the equation in many homes these days, judging by the amount of break-ins that we read about in the news each day. Having a home security system installed is important, and this would include making sure that there are adequate cameras in strategic locations placed. ANNKE has stepped into the fray yet again with its latest smart home security cameras, the Nova S and the Nova Orion, with the former being made available already while the latter is arriving soon.

Both the Nova S and Nova Orion are reliable and advanced 24 hours’ home monitors and assistants which will play nice with Amazon’s Alexa voice service as well as IFTTT in order to hook up to the rest of the smart home devices in the immediate vicinity. Among that, they will also boast of cloud service storage, being able to send push notifications upon sensing some motion within its range, remote monitoring capability so that you do not have to worry about the status of your home should you be located halfway across the globe due to your travels, a two-way audio smart home control, as well as 1080P clear night vision.

Being compatible with Amazon’s Alexa digital assistant and the IFTTT service certainly delivers a far greater degree of control, since it can then interact with other compatible smart home devices such as temperature controls, lights, appliances and the most popular smart home devices from companies in the vein of Philips Hue and WeMo switch, among others. The Nova Orion bests the Nova S in two important functions, boasting of Smart Auto Tracking and Privacy mode. Any takers?

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Logitech reveals trio of Circle 2 bundles this holiday season

When it comes to the mad rush of the holiday season, there are always plenty of things to take into consideration, including getting the right kind of gifts for other folks. The thing is, we might end up in a frenzy knowing that we are running short on time and having absolutely zero ideas on the kind of gift to purchase. Well, fret not if you know of a particular person or family who would like to have a greater degree of security at home, as Logitech has conveniently stepped forward to offer a trio of new Circle 2 bundles which will bring together home security cameras, popular mounts and accessories.

These are totally new bundles which can be deemed to be perfect as a gift for someone who is on the lookout for the very first home security camera system, and it also works great as an additional ‘eye’ to keep watch over various parts of your home. The Circle 2 Cameras will boast of 1080p quality video recording, 180-degree wide-angle view, Smart Alerts and notifications, in addition to the latest smart home integrations that work with Amazon Alexa and Amazon Echo Show, the Google Assistant, Apple HomeKit (when the camera is in a Wired mode), and Logitech’s own Pop Smart Button.

You will be able to save $100 with the Circle 2 Combo Pack that sports a pair of wired cameras and a single window mount for $299. For those who would like to save more, the $329 Circle 2 Combo Pack that comes with a pair of wireless cameras and a single rechargeable battery is worth checking out. Last but not least, there is the Circle 2 Multi-Pack with two wireless cameras and a wired camera that will save you $150 with its $429 price tag. All of these bundles are available now all the way through to December 23.

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808 Audio XL-V features Alexa Voice Service

808-xlv808 Audio might be a relatively young company, having started off in 2011, but it also happens to be one of the fastest growing and top performing audio brands. This goes to say a whole lot about just how great its products are, and the company has just announced the 808 Audio XL-V, making it the very first venture into the smart home market that will help expand its range from the portability of the CANZ products.

What makes the 808 Audio XL-V so special? For starters, it will integrate Amazon’s Alexa Voice Service in order to have it deliver information, answer any niggling questions that you might have, play back music, read the news, check out sports scores and even know what the weather forecast is like, among others, right there and then on the spot. All that you need to do is to say the song, artist or genre that your ears are itching to hear at that moment, and it will be done by streaming directly over Wi-Fi from Pandora, TuneIn, iHeartRadio, and Amazon Music, among others. Alternatively, you can also opt to stream virtually any audio content sans wires from your smartphone or tablet via the XL-V.

Other features of the 808 Audio XL-V include multi-room audio so that users are able to pair extra speakers in different areas of the home in order for them to stream music in those places simultaneously. Working alongside 808 Audio’s signature high-powered audio that is more than capable of filling up the room with immersive stereo sound while delivering crisp vocals and dynamic bass response, one will get nothing but the very best in-home experience without having to break the bank.

Those who are interested in making the 808 Audio XL-V part of their home device collection can look forward to picking it up in November this year for $129.99 a pop

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Wyze Labs reveals the WyzeCam

When it comes to home security, there are many different kinds of options to choose from. However, for those who are running a tight budget and yet would like to have a semblance of peace of mind, how about checking out the $19.99 WyzeCam from Wyze Labs? This is a smart home camera that is extremely affordable, which means no home should go without a security camera of some sort, ever. After all, installing a few of these to strategically capture different areas of your home would not cost a bomb, and since each WyzeCam comes with an adhesive-equipped mounting bracket, this means you do not have to worry about drilling holes into your walls.

The WyzeCam will be a full featured wireless Full HD smart home camera, and we love the fact that it comes with 14 days of free rolling cloud storage. The 1080p Full HD camera boasts of 2.8mm focal length, a 110º wide angle lens, a 1/2.7″ CMOS sensor and 8x digital zoom capability. When it becomes dark, fret not. There is a night vision mode which delivers F2.0 aperture, an IR-CUT filter, and a pair of 850nm infrared LEDs to get the job done for everything it sees within a 30 feet radius. In addition, there is two-way audio that is enabled using the integrated speaker and microphone.

Whenever you are not around the home, the built-in motion and sound detection capability of the WyzeCam will send you real-time alerts through push notifications to a designated smartphone. In addition, there is more than meets the eye with the WyzeCam, since it sports smart sound recognition that is able to figure out the unique sound patterns of smoke alarms as well as CO monitors so that you can be alerted to such specific emergencies.

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FrontRow is a wearable camera that captures all of your day’s activities

frontrowUbiquiti Networks knows just how much of a voyeuristic society we can be these days, which is why they have come up with this particular device that is sure to be able to satisfy even the most demanding of voyeurs — FrontRow. With the FrontRow wearable camera, it will boast of new camera technology which enables the effortless capture and sharing of life’s experiences.

Tipping the scales at a mere 55 grams, this is lighter than your average smartwatch. With a form factor that has been designed to specially make it convenient to wear, FrontRow will be different from standard cameras and smartphones which need to be operated upon manually, as it is full well capable of operating autonomously. In other words, it can capture life’s experiences while completely staying in the moment.

Sporting a subtle interlocking connector that offers the flexibility to wear FrontRow using the included stylish lanyard or multi-purpose magnetic clip, or even third party chains. Other accessories that have been planned for the future include a car window mount as well as a flexible coil mount. FrontRow boasts of cameras that are located on both sides of the device, with the primary camera featuring a 140 degree wide-view lens which would be more or less double the one found in a standard smartphone. Working alongside the FrontRow’s microphone array, it opens the door for more complete capturing of experiences.

There is also a speaker for local playback, while the easily accessible clickable media button can be utilized to start and stop many of FrontRow’s capture functions in a jiffy. With a standby time of up to 48 hours, it can capture videos in Story Mode (time-lapse capture) for up to 16 hours and can last for 2 hours in Live-Streaming Mode. It will take around 20 minutes to fully charge up via its USB Type-C port. Expect the FrontRow to retail for $399 apiece.

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Jabra reveals VXi Series V175 and V300 headsets

jabra-v300Jabra is well known for its collection of accessories that enhances the way we work, be it at home or at the office. This time around, Jabra has a couple of headsets that will definitely pique your interest — the VXi Series V175 and the V300. These two headsets will make up part of the Office Wireless V-Series, targeting mobile professionals who would like to increase their arsenal of productivity devices with a range of connectivity options which will surely make the workday a whole lot more efficient.

With the expansion of its popular VXi V-Series line of wireless office headsets, we will take a closer look at the V175 and V300. The V175 will feature single connectivity that allows office workers to enjoy wireless freedom even when they are talking to someone on the phone, while the V300 will come with tri-connectivity that professionals would love to use, since it delivers wireless freedom for calls even when using a desk phone, a PC or a smartphone.

Since calls have ended up being a whole lot more complex than ever before, it is imperative that the average office drone is able to move around the office to retrieve files, while attending to a phone call. Regardless of which particular model that you choose, these headsets can deliver 350-feet of wireless range accompanied by digitally-encrypted DECT technology. This will enable employees to enjoy the freedom to move, maximize productivity even while they are attending to a call, increasing productivity as they go.

Other practical features include the claim to having an industry-best noise-canceling microphone for clear conversations, up to 10+ hours of talk time on a single charge, one-touch controls, as well as headband, earhook and neckband wearing styles. The Jabra V175 and V300 will retail for $129.99 and $179.99, respectively.

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NuTone Knock video doorbell is a cut above the rest

nutone-knockKnowing who is at your door is more often than not, the very first line of defense. The thing is, most of us are too used to not having a video doorbell, so much so that we might simply open up the door before we even know who it is. The video doorbell is one of the more useful inventions to have around the home in recent times, and the NuTone Knock is one such device. Touted to be a revolutionary new video doorbell, it allows the homeowner to be able to view as well as speak to visitors — regardless of where you are at the moment, as long as there is a decent data connection, of course.

Check out whether it is the pizza delivery boy, or some suits from the government, with the NuTone Knock as you view them in clear High Definition resolution on a smartphone or tablet. Thanks to built-in motion activation, night vision capability, as well as an optional alarm function, you will always be in the know as to whether there is someone at the door or not.

What makes the NuTone Knock video doorbell different from other seemingly similar products that are in the market? Well, there are multiple advanced features which include easy installation courtesy of its integrated voltage detection, superior Wi-Fi strength to pave the way for farther installation from your router, and is also durable and weather resistant. In fact, it is able to handle dust and water, and has been specially tested from -22F to 122F; which is something its competitors in the same class are unable to offer.

Arriving in a clean and simple design, the NuTone Knock has been specially designed to look great regardless of the home that it is installed in, and is also full well capable of being flush mounted as it fits most door mullions. Fancy picking up this $249 device?

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Honeywell Lyric C1 Wi-Fi security camera

We cannot be everywhere at once, and there are times when we would need to keep an eye on what’s going on at home but the demands of work require our presence elsewhere. What then, can we do? Some of us might be forced to take a day off, but Honeywell has a great idea. How about making sure that a security camera is able to get the job done? Enter the Lyric C1 Wi-Fi security camera.

Honeywell, a leader in home comfort and security, will now allow consumers to check out the Lyric C1 Wi-Fi security camera that should be able to find a place in just about any and every home. DIY enthusiasts would also love the idea of the Honeywell Lyric C1 for one simple reason — it is a snap to configure and set up, turning it into an essential tool in any home that needs to have an extra pair of (digital) eyes.

With the Lyric app that runs on your mobile device, the compact Lyric C1 will take just a few steps to set up. All that you have to do is to have it stand on a flat surface using its adjustable magnetic base, or to have it mounted to a wall, allowing the Lyric C1 to be able to adapt to just about any room. It is able to capture video in High Definition resolution at 30fps in normal lighting, and when it comes to darker environments, there is always built-in night vision capability that will kick in. Thanks to a wide viewing angle of 135 degrees, the Lyric C1 is able to offer more than just a good view, all without requiring it to pan or tilt.

Not only that, the C1 can detect motion or hear audio and send an alert directly to your mobile device via the Lyric app in addition to an email alert to the registered account. You can even carry out a two-way conversation thanks to the integrated speaker, letting you tell your pet off, or send a vocal reminder to someone in the room. The Lyric C1 Wi-Fi Security Camera will retail for $119 apiece.

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Xchime goes beyond that of a smart doorbell

xchime-smart-doorbellIt looks like the world of home security and automation has become a wee bit smarter, never mind the fact that smart homes are all the rage these days. A fully funded Indiegogo campaign, the Xchime is more than just a video doorbell. It is going to be an essential part of your home safety environment, where you will be able to enjoy the added convenience and security features such as a garage door opener and smart light bulb integration.

Security goes beyond that of the front door with the presence of Xchime in your home, which is expected to ship some time in August this year for its backers. After all, with garages being targeted by criminals as an easier entry point compared to the front door, it is imperative that more be done in that department. This is especially so as home owners tend to forget about the garage door, and with the Xchime in place, you can check out the status of your garage door instantly from your mobile device. You can opt to open or close it with a single touch via the mobile app, thanks to the optional garage door opener kit add-on accessory.

Having a well lighted area is also another major deterrent against would-be thieves, and it is always a good idea to integrate smart light bulbs with Xchime in order to remotely turn on or off exterior lights. Another thing that the Xchime does well is the elimination of lag time — something that other video doorbells tend to suffer from. Having a 7 to 8 second delay is no fun at all, especially when someone you know and love is waiting in front. While the Xchime does not exactly offer real-time video playback, it is as close to real-time as possible.

Early backers of the Xchime will be pleased to know that their device will retail for a mere $129 apiece, which is a whole lot more affordable than the $199 to $249 price point of other leading video doorbells in the industry. Any takers for this Full HD video doorbell?

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