The Problem

The Problem

March 3, 2017

by Robert Chong

Top 3 Problems with Today’s Smart Home Security Cameras

Smart home security is a growing trend that millions of Americans are buying into. It seems like a novel idea. Spend a few hundred dollars on a smart home security camera so you can keep an eye on your home, your pets and your children right from your phone—anywhere, anytime.

But in reality, these devices don’t live up to their “smart” titles. Here we break down the top 3 challenges we face with the current smart home cameras on the market.

1) WIRELESS DOESN’T MEAN ZERO WIRES
Many smart home cameras use the term “wireless” in their consumer marketing. At first read, it’s easy to think, “Great! My home has cords everywhere so I’d love to buy something that doesn’t have any wires.” Often the wires are even removed or hidden in photographs for a cleaner look. The truth, however, is that in the smart home world, “wireless” refers to Wi-Fi, meaning the device connects to the internet from your home Wi-Fi.

Most of these cameras function off of good old fashioned electricity, which means you’ll be running the power cable to the nearest outlet. This significantly limits camera placement. Often the best angle for the camera is nowhere near an electrical outlet, leaving you with the choice of sacrificing the view, rearranging furniture or getting out the extension cords.

UNHELPFUL NOTIFICATIONS & ALERTS

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Behind every smart home camera is a mobile app that connects you to the system. The app is what makes the camera useful (or at least it’s supposed to). If the camera detects motion while you’re away, the app will send an alert or notification to your smartphone. Again, the idea is sophisticated but the execution is not.

The notifications lack any sort of context. They simply state “motion detected” or something to that effect. If you have a pet at home, their movement around the house can set off dozens of notifications each day. After seeing a few and realizing that it’s just the dog, it’s easy to ignore the alerts and go on with your day.

But what if you end up ignoring an alert and it turns out that it wasn’t the dog? What if there was an intruder in your home and you don’t realize it until after the fact?

These notifications need to be contextualized so that doesn’t happen. Rather than simply stating “motion detected,” it should read “pet motion” or even better, “Rascal is moving around the living room.” By providing information that’s actually useful at a glance, you’d be able to make an informed decision on whether or not to take action.

 

CURRENT DESIGNS DON’T BELONG IN THE HOME
Unless you are Mr. and Mrs. Jetson, your home décor probably doesn’t resemble a spaceship. Then why are all of these home devices designed with a futuristic space aesthetic? They are either shiny or matte plastic and you might have a choice of white or black. While countless hours are spent on perfecting the features and specs of the device, hardly any effort goes into the external design and appearance.

Similar to personal style, home décor is an extension of one’s personality. Whether your taste is cozy chic or mid-century modern, you put thought into the look and feel of your furnishings. A black plastic camera with an orange extension cord detracts from your home décor and tarnishes the room.

WHAT’S THE SOLUTION?
The Halo smart home security camera. Designed with premium materials and a luxury aesthetic, Halo is engineered to enhance your home in every way. No wires. Intelligent notifications. Beautiful design.

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WHICH SMART HOME CAMERA IS BEST FOR YOU?

WHICH SMART HOME CAMERA IS BEST FOR YOU?

WHICH SMART HOME CAMERA IS BEST FOR YOU?

As technology evolves and becomes increasingly integrated into our everyday behavior, it can be difficult to imagine life without it. Smart phones, laptops, tablets, GPS—they were all designed to solve a problem and make life easier.

With the rise of smart home technology, we’re seeing more and more security cameras on the market that promise to solve a problem. Home security cameras no longer require expensive, professional installation. These accessible new smart home options let renters and homeowners keep an eye on their homes, families, pets and more, all from a smart phone. But how do they stack up against one another? And how you know which one is right for you?

Here we broke down the top 4 smart home security cameras to help you decide and here's how they ranked.

  1. Halo - The best performer wrapped in elegant design. The no compromises camera.

  2. Arlo Pro - Dethroned as the battery-life king, still a decent camera until you open the app. The only camera of the bunch that requires a separate wireless base station.

  3. Canary Flex - The simple app experience is stifled by the product’s short battery life.

  4. Nest - Dated aesthetics with a design that’s gone unchanged since 2010. Sub-par usability and portability due to being tethered to power outlets.

THE VERDICT

On technical performance alone, it’s clear that Halo is the most advanced smart home security camera out there. When you factor in its premium, wire-free design, it becomes the obvious choice for both homeowners and renters. Halo is the only smart home camera that takes into account the décor of your home. Rather than sticking out like a piece of technology, Halo blends in seamlessly while delivering best-in-class performance—exactly what the best technology should do.

April 2017 will bring the exclusive in-depth look at the Halo smart home security camera. Halo is engineered to enhance your home and life in every way. No wires. Intelligent notifications. Beautiful design.

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HALO

HALO

Pros:

Easy setup, user friendly app, luxury design with premium materials, blends into home décor, freestanding plus the only available in-ceiling mount, operates up to a year on a single charge, two-way audio lets you talk and listen, intelligent alerts know the difference between a person, pet and package, adjustable angle lens offers a customized view.

Cons:

No audio detection

 

CANARY

Pros:

Easy to set up and use, user friendly app.

Cons:

Short on battery life (as little as 1 month), Canary Flex has to be plugged in which limits placement, alerts don’t differentiate between pets and humans so you’re constantly checking to make sure everything is ok every time the dog moves around, one-way audio lets you listen but not talk, non-adjustable lens limits your viewing angle, doesn’t blend into the home décor, no mount option.

 

ARLO PRO

Pros:

Easy to set up, zero wires (for the camera) means it can be placed anywhere, suitable for indoor and outdoor use, wall-mount option.

Cons:

Poor app experience, requires installation of Arlo’s large WIFI hub, doesn’t show room temperature or humidity, alerts don’t differentiate between pets and humans so you’re constantly checking to make sure everything is ok every time the dog moves around, non-adjustable lens limits your viewing angle, doesn’t blend into the home décor.

 

NEST

Pros:

Easy to set up, wall-mount plus magnetic option, two-way audio lets you talk and listen, intelligent alerts know the difference between a person, pet and package.

Cons:

Has to be plugged in which limits placement, non-adjustable lens limits your viewing angle, doesn’t blend into the home décor, cannot be placed outdoors, no free storage.