May 27th, 2014


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]