Google is moving into the internet-of-things space. Last year the company acquired smart thermostat maker Nest, and opened a developer program to let Nest products interact with third-party apps and devices. The company also acquired connected camera maker Dropcam.
More recently, Google introduced an Android-based operating system for connected devices called Brillo, which the company hopes will power Internet-of-Things hardware.
Now Google is getting ready to roll out a new Nest Cam that’s basically a next-gen Dropcam, as well as an app that will let you control all of your Nest products.
A few days ago documents showed up at the FCC that outlined plans for a new Nest Wireless camera with support for WiFi and Bluetooth. Then Droid Life published the first pictures of the camera, its companion mobile app, and a few more details about how the product will work.
All this comes about a week ahead of a Nest press event scheduled for June 17th.
It seems pretty clear that a next-gen camera is on the way, and that it’ll have a slimmer design, an improved setup process, support for 1080p video streaming, and a new Android app which lets you check the status of and control your Nest thermostats, smoke detectors, and cameras.
So while Google is hoping third-party device makers will adopt its Brillo platform, the company is hard at work developing its own ecosystem of connected products for security, climate control, and safety.
Like Dropcam, the Nest Cam will make it easy to set up cameras to keep an eye on your pets while you’re at work or guard the house while you’re on vacation.
But at a time when many people are concerned about the privacy implications of giving huge corporations such as Google, Facebook, or Apple access to personal data… I have to wonder whether the idea of placing Google’s Nest cameras around your house is all that appealing?
Or if you’re already using Google Maps, Gmail, Search, and other tools… have you resigned yourself to the idea of trusting Google with your personal data?