U.K. Smart Home Firm Hive Announces View Smart Camera With Detachable Camera Cube

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Hive, the U.K. smart connected home company backed by British Gas, today announced the Hive View, a smart indoor camera with an emphasis on style and high definition livestream security.

    The 130-degree wide angle lens camera is capable of 1080p live-streaming, automatic 16ft night vision, and includes Bluetooth 4.1 to simplify setup. Meanwhile, the design, by industrial designer Yves Béhar, features a separatable magnetic camera cube and a magnetic ball-and-socket base, together allowing for a multitude of viewing angles.


    The magnetic base and rotatable head enables the camera to be mounted on walls and ceilings, but the more unique feature lies in the way the camera cube can be detached and temporarily relocated away from the mount, thanks to a built-in 2100mAh Li-ion rechargeable battery providing up to 90 minutes of power.

    The Hive View is available in two color options - White & Champagne Gold and Black & Brushed Copper - and costs £189 for a single camera or £319 for a two-pack. A rolling 30-day camera history for up to two cameras, and a host of other member-exclusive benefits, can be included for £4.99 per month. Otherwise, the Hive comes with a standard 24-hour camera history.

    It's worth noting that getting the cameras to work does not require a Hive Hub - all that's required is an Android or iOS device for the Hive app, although there's currently no HomeKit support. Hive also offers a Close to Home plan that offers a saving of up to £130 on the full range of Hive smart home products, including Hive Active Lights, Hive Window or Door Sensors, a Hive Active Plug, and the Hive Hub. Check out the website for more details.

    Article Link: U.K. Smart Home Firm Hive Announces View Smart Camera With Detachable Camera Cube
  2. soupcan macrumors 6502a


    Nov 21, 2014
    Knowing this "smart" technology it'll be as secure as a potato with the video stream being poorly or not protected, open for viewing to anyone.
  3. timmyh Contributing Editor


    Mar 18, 2016
    Liverpool, UK
    I can only refer you to Hive's technical specs:
    • Encrypted camera footage stored securely online
    • Secure web transfer using TLS
    • AES-128 encryption
  4. huffhuff macrumors member

    Jan 21, 2010
  5. pete2106 macrumors regular


    Dec 7, 2012
    Until in a years time we hear that they've been hacked and all our information and recordings have been stolen.
  6. Hermes Monster macrumors 65816

    Hermes Monster

    May 4, 2010
    Is it just me or does this feel more like an advert than news?

    I have the Hive lights and plug attachments, they’re ok but they badly need HomeKit.
  7. nsimpson94 macrumors regular

    Sep 20, 2012
    United Kingdom
    Not interested until there is HomeKit support.
    A modern 'smart home' isn't very smart if you need seven different applications to run it.
  8. NightFox macrumors 68020


    May 10, 2005
    Shropshire, UK
    Why does everything have to be subscription based? (Rhetorical question). I can see why some people might want a cloud-based storage option, but does anyone produce a good consumer camera with simple local storage these days?
  9. junior macrumors 6502a


    Mar 25, 2003
    Looks just like a GoPro Session.
    Not too original from the industrial designer.
  10. ilfn143 macrumors 6502

    Aug 27, 2008
    Enron by the Sea
    Netgear Arlo, there are usb ports at the base for storage. Samsung, Amcrest, Foscam... has microUSB.
  11. wwchris macrumors regular

    Nov 13, 2009
    Atlanta, GA
    Also, with Arlo, there is no subscription fee to maintain 7 days of footage online and mobile accesible. That's why I bought them.
  12. milliepuppy macrumors member

    May 23, 2010
    Nice mark up what looks like a $20 Wyze cam in a pretty box !! dang !
  13. PlutoPrime macrumors regular

    Oct 15, 2009
    Because they amount of resources and energy it takes to create and maintain a company that focuses on cameras isn't satisfied by an upfront purchase price that's digestible to the average sapien.
  14. NightFox macrumors 68020


    May 10, 2005
    Shropshire, UK
    They seemed to manage to do so just fine until the cloud came along!
  15. JaxDamon macrumors newbie


    Jan 5, 2018
  16. jimthing macrumors 65816


    Apr 6, 2011
    London, UK
    HomeKit integration it highly unlikely. People on their forums have been moaning and groaning about it not being there (despite apparent early promises from them it would) for at least a couple of years.

    Hive has seemingly gone the other way, and is the latest brand trying to get its own ecosystem of products in their own Hive app, instead of the Apple Home app. I believe they use the Zigbee system too, incidentally.

    Pity, but they likely think that if they can do it alone, they probably don't like relying on Apple's api sw updates all the time, rather than working to their own schedule with sw they themselves control.
  17. The Game 161 macrumors P6

    The Game 161

    Dec 15, 2010
    I have hive in my house that I have bought and even to buy the smart app access will cost me another £80. Guess this is interesting where to put this camera. Would rather it be in the hall than my lounge

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