CEDIA Find: Olive & Dove’s New Wi-Fi DoorCam Makes You Go ‘Why Didn’t I Think of That?’
Olive & Dove (formerly Remocam) is introducing a Wi-Fi camera at CEDIA 2017 that installs so simply you'll be smacking your forehead for not thinking of it first.
Wi-Fi cameras might be all the rage these days, but they're not so easy to install outdoors, whether in a "smart doorbell" form factor or simply tucked beneath the eaves, where you might have to drill through concrete and suffer from indadequate Wi-Fi coverage.
The product sits atop a door, with the camera facing out; the guts hang on the back side, with the two pieces connected via a thin ribbon for power and communications.
Details about the product have not been revealed -- other than the fact that it dangles over the door and supports HD video -- but we know that O&D's RemoBell video doorbell is powered by AA batteries and features HD video, two-way audio, night vision, PIR sensor and indoor chime. The company has an app and cloud-based recording service.
To our knowledge, neither O&D or its predecessor has ever discussed integration with third-party smart-home products, but the original RemoCam indoor product featured IR blasters for controlling TVs, air conditioners and other IR-controlled devices.
The new DoorCam is not unlike a product we lauded from Echostar back when they had plans to launch the Sage home automation system. That camera could hang out a window, tethered by a flat cable that could be smashed in a window jamb. The cable connected to a Wi-Fi module plugged into an electrical outlet inside (image below).
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Julie Jacobson, recipient of the 2014 CEA TechHome Leadership Award, is co-founder of EH Publishing, producer of CE Pro, Electronic House, Commercial Integrator, Security Sales and other leading technology publications. She currently spends most of her time writing for CE Pro in the areas of home automation, security, networked A/V and the business of home systems integration. Julie majored in Economics at the University of Michigan, spent a year abroad at Cambridge University, earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin, and has never taken a journalism class in her life. She's a washed-up Ultimate Frisbee player currently residing in Carlsbad, Calif. Email Julie at email@example.com
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