Spot smart home camera hears smoke alarms when you're away

This tiny security camera has sound recognition and night vision
Spot smart home cam 'hears' smoke alarms
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Spot is a dinky, affordable smart security camera that "hears" when your smoke alarm goes off. With 31 days left on its Indiegogo campaign, it's breezed by its $50,000 goal, raising nearly 300 percent more money already.

The 2-inch squared security cam features a light sensor, night vision LEDs, a motion sensor, a microphone, and a speaker.

The speaker has a feature called "Sound Recognition," which according to the company behind Spot, iSmartAlarm, is an algorithm that recognises the sound of a smoke or carbon monoxide alarm. It then sends a notification to let you know the alarm has gone off.

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The company doesn't explain how it recognises what is a smoke alarm as opposed to say, a police siren driving by. However, there are plans to implement additional sound recognition, like glass breaking or a baby crying.

The camera has a few additional features, like robust time-lapse recording. With it, you can take stills set to specific times to record long periods of time for playback at a later time. For example, you could snap an image every 30 seconds for eight hours while you sleep and play back a short clip the next morning to see whose been stealing your cat's food at night.

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Thanks to the included speaker and microphone, Spot also has two-way audio. Not only can hear what is happening in your house, but you can also talk to people in the room.

And even if the action is taking place at night, you'll be able to see it all. The low light sensors automatically detect when it's dark and switch over to night vision.

One nice perk is that Spot backers get free cloud storage for recorded videos, something that's an added extra for Nest Cam users. The camera also has a microSD card slot for up to 64GB of local storage.

The reason it's such a popular crowdfunding product is that you can get one for only $49 with an early bird pledge. The RRP will be $100. Shipping is estimated for between January and March of 2016.


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