Rumor: Google eyeing acquisition of Dropcam



It looks like Google’s vision of the connected home is all starting to come together quite clearly. After having bought smart thermostat, smoke detector and CO2 detector manufacturer Nest for $3.2 billion, Google is reportedly looking at throwing some cash at the folks behind Dropcam.

Dropcam is a home surveillance kit that allows you to gain access to your feeds via the web and save recordings for future analysis. Their cameras can be paired a line of USB-sized “Tabs” that can be stuck near a window or door and give the user an alert on their phone if anyone breaks in.

Dropcam’s security benefits alone are slim as the device can only alert you, but pair it up with a quick call to 911 in the event that you suspect someone is breaking into your house and you could save yourself a lot of headache by the time you get home.

This would be a very interesting acquisition, if true. Nest and Dropcam have given each other props in the past for trying to reinvent these products in a way that is less cumbersome and more of a pleasure to use. As Nest says it, security shouldn’t be annoying, and it sounds like Dropcam would wholly agree.

How these two would work together in the event that Google acquires Dropcam would be quite the exciting question to ponder. For now, let’s just cross our fingers and hope that some sort of deal is actually being worked on and that this love triangle between Google, Dropcam and Nest becomes a reality.

[via The Information]

Quentyn Kennemer
The "Google Phone" sounded too awesome to pass up, so I bought a G1. The rest is history. And yes, I know my name isn't Wilson.

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  1. Go Google!

  2. No Google!

  3. I heard Apple is scheduled to release a home connection Software for iProducts….looks the big giants are racing for the “Connected Home” segment

    1. The big difference is that products like Nest, Dropcam, and most Google services can be used across my Windows desktop and laptop, my Android phone, my wife’s Android tablet, her Macbook, and her iPhone. If we go with Apple’s future “connected home,” there’s a good chance that you’ll be locked into their ecosystem. That’s a non-starter for me no matter how good their product is. My wife feels the same way.

      1. And anything that has Google in the name is a non-starter for me. I wouldn’t even own a Nest if they’d have bought the company before I bought the thermostat. See, it’s a good thing we all have choices…

        1. why are you even on this website then? Every article here pertains to Google in one way or another (and usually, multiple ways).

        2. Blind hate, interesting……….

          Did you happen to notice that @jaykresge:disqus was giving legitimate reasons against an Apple automation suite to which you basically responded “I hate google!”

          Care to elaborate as to why you hate them so much? I feel advertising rhetoric coming on lol

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