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Nest announces waterproof outdoor camera shortly after management shake up

Just months after Tony Fadell left the Nest, the company has announced the Nest Cam Outdoor.

The Nest Cam Outdoor is waterproof home monitor that allows users to keep tabs on their front doors, yards or driveways from virtually anywhere, at any time. Customers can subscribe to the Nest Aware service, allowing them to receive alerts notifying them when someone or something comes into the view of the camera.

Furthermore, using the 24/7 streaming feature, users have the ability to talk back to anyone that comes into the camera’s view. Along with the Cam Outdoor, Nest has released a redesigned app that provides new software features and works on previous versions of the Nest Cam.

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Spaces will be integrated into the new Nest app, allowing a new interface to group Nest products by room, across multiple platforms.

“Nest is completely reimagining the camera experience with new hardware, a redesigned app, and more intelligent alerts. And because Nest is constantly improving its products, current Nest Cam Indoor and Dropcam customers will also benefit from these new features,” said Maxime Veron, director of hardware product marketing at Nest, in a statement.

The Nest Cam Outdoor comes with a 130 degree view in 1080p HD and a night vision setting that uses eight infrared LEDs. Nest also claims that the Outdoor Cam provides an entirely secure, encrypted streaming experience.

“Nest Cam provides customers with peace of mind and the ability to stay connected to the things they care most about. Now, Nest Cam Outdoor brings thoughtful security outside of customers’ homes, helping them secure their property and giving them more ways to watch over their families, even when they’re miles away,” continued Veron.

Just a few months ago, the co-founder and former CEO of Nest, Tony Fadell, stepped away from the company and was replaced by Marwan Fawaz. Upon making this startling announcement, questions about the future of the company began to circulate.

While Fadell insists that his departure has nothing to do with the negative rumours surrounding his management or the company’s tumultuous acquisition of Dropcam, the world began to wonder why Nest hadn’t released an original product in months.

“The future is about intelligent alerts. Customers want to know when something is happening that genuinely deserves their attention. Person alerts are the first of many innovations that will make Nest Cam a more helpful partner in securing the home,” Veron said in a statement.

The Nest Cam Outdoor is currently available for preorder in the United States and Canada at nest.com and Best Buy for a suggested retail price of $199.99, the same price as the Nest Cam Indoor. While Canadian pricing isn’t currently available on Nest’s website, bestbuy.ca prices the product at $249.99 CAD. The device will be on shelves in the fall and multipacks will be available later this year.

Nest Cam Outdoor will be available in the UK, France, Netherlands, Belgium and Republic of Ireland later this year. Users anywhere can subscribe to the Nest app through a 10 or 30-day subscription for $10 or $30 per month. Personal alerts will be available this coming September.

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