Nest Announces Outdoor Camera With Numerous Flaws

Author: Brian Karas, Published on Jul 14, 2016

NEST CEO was ousted / resigned after strong criticisms from Dropcam's CEO.

One of the key issues was a failure to improve / grow Dropcam's product portfolio. Indeed, while an outdoor camera was said to be close to production when Nest acquired Dropcam back in June 2014 for $555 million, it never went any further than rumor.

Only now is an outdoor Nest Cam being announced and it is still ~3 months away from shipping.

In addition to the camera, Nest is also releasing "Person Alerts", an advancement to their previous motion alerts.

In this note, we examine the features of the outdoor camera including the new 'Person Alerts', key weaknesses which may limit its competitiveness, and how it matches up against competitors.

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Aesthetic ********

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Mounting ****** **********

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Power *******/**** ****

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"Nightvision" ******* *******

* ****** ** ***-***** *********** ***** **** ****, ******* * relatively **** ***** *** **** ** ******* **** ***** ** the ******.

Compared ** *****, ****, ****

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*** ***** ****** ** *** ******* *****, ****** *** **** and *** **** ******* ***, ****** ** **** ** * direct **********.

****** **** **** *** **** ****** *********** ** **** ** other ***** *********, ** *** ****** ****** **** ******** *** Nest ******* ****** ***** *********** ******* ***** ******** ** **** homes.

Outdoor ****** ***** *********

**** *** *** ******* ** ****** **** ****** *******, ******* having ***** ***** ******** ** ***-*** ***** *******, *** **** likely **** ****** ***** **** *****, ****, *** ***** ***********.

****** ****** *** ** * ********* ******** **** *** ** Nests *********** ** **** *****.

*** ********** ** *** ******* *** *** ****** ** ***** consumer **********. *** ***** *** ***** ******* **** ** ********* in ****** ***** ************, *** *** ****** **** ****** **** appears ** ***** *** ******* **** *** ************.

Comments (7)

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