With Google’s purchase of Nest, it seems as though Google could be planning to move into the home automation industry. After all Nest has products like their smart thermostat and their smoke detector, so that’s a good start, right? Now according to a report from The Information, it looks as though Google could be interested in home security as well.
The report claims that Google could be considering acquiring Dropcam, a startup company whose main product is a camera that uploads its footage to the cloud, allowing users to check their recordings anytime, anywhere. The company also offers video analysis and waterproof Tabs, which are basically devices that detect motion.
Combine that with Nest’s other products, it would certainly make for a well-connected home, wouldn’t it? Unfortunately The Information was not clear as to whether the talks between Google and Dropcam are ongoing, or if the plans fell through, but supposedly Google is/was interested in the company.
This is an interesting piece of information because it was earlier today that we heard rumors that Apple could be planning to announce their platform for connected homes at WWDC 2014. This would be a new direction that Apple could be heading, and a little ironic considering that Nest’s co-founder is Tony Fadell, a former Apple executive.