Dropcam is a start-up that has the high purpose of offering us a reliable home security system by providing us with real – time streams of whatever happens in our houses, so we can be sure no intruder disturbs our comfortable lives. However, Dropcam cameras became so frequently used that the whole system can be considered a video – streaming social network, growing in popularity and even topping You Tube. How can that happen? It’s simple actually: people are uploading videos from their homes at a fast rate. A recent report made available by Web analyst Mary Meeker shows that users are uploading more Dropcam videos per minute than YouTube users, making Dropcam the next big thing in video sharing.
But it’s more to Dropcam than the eye can see: Dropcam comes with a feature called Talk Back that allows parents, for instance, to see and talk to their children or other family members in real time while they are not at home. In the past, we have talked about other revolutionary home security systems that aim big and play wonderfully the technology card, but recent reports coming from Dropcam make us very curious and interested in this system.
So far, Dropcam cameras, just like other similar systems on the market, can only detect motion and alert about some possible intruders. But they can’t differentiate among a real intruder, the family’s pet or the family’s child, an issue about to get solved in the nearest future, as official announcements suggest that Dropcam cameras will soon be provided with people recognition features. This means that Dropcam users will get a break from being alerted all the time about all the motion going on in the house, but have a clear image of the persons who might actually invade their homes. According to the news,
You can also pay $10 per month or $99 per year for an extra service that continuously records the last seven days of video. The new people detection feature will only be available to customers who pay for the recording service too. Dropcam cameras start at $149. The best model, the Dropcam Pro, costs $199.
The software update that aims to let users know the difference between friend or foe roaming around their houses is promised to become a valid option sometime this summer. Are we going to witness a boom in video sharing via Dropcam? Chances are big, but until the time comes, let’s see how Dropcam evolves and delivers its new features.