Hive has launched a new smart home security camera, the Hive View, which offers HD video and can be detached and used wirelessly.
Eagle-eyed Hive watchers may be have noticed that Centrica Connected Homes launched the Hive Camera last year, and while that continues to be sold, it’s looking increasingly like a stop gap product, which has just been superseded. While the Hive Camera was a feature rich camera with HD video and two-way audio, it didn’t work within the main Hive app… and was hardly a design masterpiece.
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The new Hive View has been designed by Silicon Valley’s Yves Béhar (Jawbone, Herman Miller, One Laptop Per Child) and it certainly looks the business. The curved bracket, the base plate – it looks elegant. It works from within the main Hive app, which is an instant improvement. But there’s some tech to back it up, too.
Hive View is mounted magnetically to its bracket, and can be disconnected in seconds for an hour of streaming wherever you need it. It’s a nifty idea that could appeal to parents who want to keep an eye on kids playing in another room, or keep watch out for a delivery when lazing in the garden; the possibilities are numerous.
The camera boasts 1080p video recording and night vision, and will capture a 130-degree field of view. Anyone can view captured content back for 24 hours via the app, and you can videos for 30 days if you take up the $4.99 per month Hive Video Playback membership.
The Hive View also uses facial recognition tech, although not to the same extent as Nest, Netatmo and Canary. The camera can distinguish between humans and animals, so you can opt not to get a notification every time your dog walks past – and it can recognise faces and will add the mug shot into the push notification delivered to your smartphone. However, it’s strangely not possible to omit faces from motion alerts. You can set time periods and schedules for the camera to notify you in – because burglars stick to regular schedules.
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We’re actually big fans of the Hive View, and it’s good to see design taken seriously. If you’re running Hive in your home, it’s a strong option. There are few decent looking home cameras out there. We’d have liked to have seen Hive really innovate with the facial recognition, which would really help to eliminate false positives and make for a more intuitive system – but the company does regularly introduce new features into its system. Here's hoping.
The Hive View is out now in the US, Canada, UK and Italy for $256 (around $256), or $432 for a pack of two.