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Amazon today announced its latest device, called the Amazon Cloud Cam, which keeps track of your home using an intelligent security camera that syncs up with the company's new iOS and Android apps. Amazon said that the $119.99 Cloud Cam was built to help you check on pets while at work, monitor the front door when you're on vacation, or look into your kids' room from another room in the house.

Cloud Cam features 1080p full HD resolution video, night vision, two-way audio, a wide viewing angle, and activity clips from the last day synced with the Amazon Cloud Cam app. Of course, the new security camera will work with Alexa devices like the Echo, Echo Show, Echo Spot, Amazon Fire TV, and Fire tablets. You can say, "Alexa, show me the [camera name]" and the assistant will bring up the requested feed from anywhere in your house.

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When on the go, the iOS and Android apps let you stay in touch with the Cloud Cam, as well as receive customizable notifications for alerts detected by the device's motion detection and computer vision technology. When it detects motion, Cloud Cam sends out a push notification and stores a clip securely for you to review. Amazon said that the camera will get smarter over time with more advanced detection, alerts, and other new features -- like advanced audio alerts and pet detection -- will launch down the line.
"Cloud Cam has all the features you need to monitor your home, including a 1080p Full HD camera, night vision, two-way audio, and free storage for clips--and with the secure AWS cloud powering Cloud Cam's advanced computer algorithms and intelligent alerts, the service is always getting smarter," said Charlie Tritschler, Vice President, Amazon Devices. "All of this is just $119.99--Cloud Cam is a premium product at a non-premium price."
Without a subscription, three Cloud Cams are supported in one home, and with a subscription you can have up to ten cameras in one home. Subscriptions also enable additional storage for video (beyond just 24 hours), unlimited downloads and shares of video clips, Person Detection to flag specific human activity instead of general motion, and Zones to ignore certain areas of motion (like a ceiling fan). Amazon's Cloud Cam subscription tiers are listed below:
[*]Basic ($6.99/mo, $69/yr) offers access to the last 7 days of motion detection clips for up to 3 cameras
[*]Extended ($9.99/mo, $99/yr) offers access to the last 14 days of motion detection clips for up to 5 cameras
[*]Pro ($19.99/mo, $199/yr) offers access to the last 30 days of motion detection clips for up to 10 cameras
Additionally, Amazon today announced a new "Amazon Key" service that works in conjunction with the Cloud Cam. Exclusive to Prime members, Amazon Key allows you to have your order securely delivered inside your home when you're out of the house. Amazon Key will be a new checkout option for Prime members in 37 cities across the U.S. beginning November 8, and will be available for "tens of millions of items" on the site.

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Amazon Key combines Cloud Cam with one of several compatible smart locks by companies like Yale and Kwikset. The process begins with Amazon verifying that the correct delivery driver is at the right address at the right time, using an encrypted authentication process. Then, Amazon Cloud Cam begins recording once that process is complete and the door is unlocked for the driver, without giving them any access code or key, and they place the package in your home and then leave.
"Amazon Key gives customers peace of mind knowing their orders have been safely delivered to their homes and are waiting for them when they walk through their doors," said Peter Larsen, Vice President of Delivery Technology, Amazon. "Now, Prime members can select in-home delivery and conveniently see their packages being delivered right from their mobile phones."
You can pre-order the Cloud Cam today by itself for $119.99, a two-pack for $199.99, or a three-pack for $289.99, and the device will ship November 8. The company is also offering an Amazon Key In-Home Kit with a Cloud Cam and a compatible smart lock for $249.99.

Article Link: Amazon Debuts New 'Cloud Cam' Security Camera and 'Amazon Key' In-Home Delivery Service
 

levitynyc

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Pretty good compared to the Nest which I have used for years.

As usual, Amazon is severely undercutting the competition’s price on both the hardware and the subscription service.
 
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FranzMarc

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Maybe that‘s just me, but these are exactly the services (Cloud camera) that I wouldn’t trust Amazon with, let alone Google.

I would even feel more comfortable having a Homepod listen in in my living room than Alexa or GA.

And basically giving a key to Amazon Logistics...what could go wrong? Despite the security features...

Or I am just getting old.
 
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NexusUser

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Maybe that‘s just me, but these are exactly the services (Cloud camera) that I wouldn’t trust Amazon with, let alone Google.

I would even feel more comfortable having a Homepod listen in in my living room than Alexa or GA.

And basically giving a key to Amazon Logistics...what could go wrong? Despite the security features...

Or I am just getting old.

Between Google, Amazon and Apple, which company has a history of leaking sensitive user information?

Hint: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/ICloud_leaks_of_celebrity_photos

Not that I would trust any delivery driver with the keys to my house
 
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BornAgainMac

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Saw the promo ad for it on Amazon. It is really cool. Probably more practical for delivery than the Amazon Skynet drone idea. I really like having a package placed in the home.
 
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I’d love to see some good comparisons with Nest cameras. Can save a ton of money. We currently have 7 indoor Nest cams with the cloud storage (we’ve had to use it many times to go back and look at things). The cloud pricing alone compared to Nest Aware is huge, never mind the hardware differences.
 
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Taipan

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Maybe that‘s just me, but these are exactly the services (Cloud camera) that I wouldn’t trust Amazon with, let alone Google.

I would even feel more comfortable having a Homepod listen in in my living room than Alexa or GA.

And basically giving a key to Amazon Logistics...what could go wrong? Despite the security features...

Or I am just getting old.

Now the only feature that‘s missing is the ability to livestream to facebook.
 
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oneMadRssn

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Why do none of the articles discussing this new service mention Netgear Arlo, which offers free 7-days of storing clips and zone detection? From what I can tell, it sells just about as well as the other Nest competitors, and feature for feature, offers a way better deal.
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Amazon Key combines Cloud Cam with one of several compatible smart locks by companies like Yale and Kwikset.

Worth noting that neither of these companies offer a smart lock that is ANSI Grade 1 (highest residential grade). Only Schlage offers has a smart lock that is ANSI Grade 1.
 
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odditie

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"In-Home Delivery" sounds like they will pick up something and bring it to you inside your home.

Alexa, have someone bring me my drink from in the fridge.
 
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minimo3

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Pretty good compared to the Nest which I have used for years.

As usual, Amazon is severely undercutting the competition’s price on both the hardware and the subscription service.

Netgear's Arlo provides 7 days of recording for up to 5 cameras for Free. It's enough for most people. I picked up a 4 camera kit for $299 in 2015 and haven't paid a penny in subscription fees since.
 
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odditie

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I like the idea of having packages placed inside my home, just not by someone I don’t know.

Right, which is why these are being announced together. The idea is the camera helps bring with it consumer trust.

If the option was between a TV being delivered inside your house with a camera watching the delivery person that has been verified or leaving it on your porch, I would personally pick the in-home delivery.

If it's a box with a $15 item I'd probably be fine with the item and person staying outside my house.
 
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_Refurbished_

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I am totally comfortable having someone in the “entranceway”, as long as I have a visual record of what occurred. I would also want an on / off switch for when I am home.

Cameras verify that the driver places the package in your home and nothing shady occurs.

Sounds like a fantastic idea that many will use.
 
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H.E. Pennypacker

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I heard Amazon is banking on this being convenient for people....I think they are banking on people not having brains anymore. I know I personally get an amazon package a few times a week. I wouldn’t feel comfortable letting a stranger have access to my home when I’m not there, reguardless if there is a camera hooked up. Are people becoming so lazy that they don’t use their brains anymore?
 
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gixxerfool

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Netgear's Arlo provides 7 days of recording for up to 5 cameras for Free. It's enough for most people. I picked up a 4 camera kit for $299 in 2015 and haven't paid a penny in subscription fees since.

How is the reliability on these? We’ve been looking at systems. I see a lot of connection issues and such.
 
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