U.K. Smart Home Firm Hive Announces View Smart Camera With Detachable Camera Cube

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Hive, the U.K. smart connected home company backed by British Gas, today announced the Hive View, a smart indoor camera with an emphasis on style and high definition livestream security.

The 130-degree wide angle lens camera is capable of 1080p live-streaming, automatic 16ft night vision, and includes Bluetooth 4.1 to simplify setup. Meanwhile, the design, by industrial designer Yves Béhar, features a separatable magnetic camera cube and a magnetic ball-and-socket base, together allowing for a multitude of viewing angles.


The magnetic base and rotatable head enables the camera to be mounted on walls and ceilings, but the more unique feature lies in the way the camera cube can be detached and temporarily relocated away from the mount, thanks to a built-in 2100mAh Li-ion rechargeable battery providing up to 90 minutes of power.

The Hive View is available in two color options – White & Champagne Gold and Black & Brushed Copper – and costs £189 for a single camera or £319 for a two-pack. A rolling 30-day camera history for up to two cameras, and a host of other member-exclusive benefits, can be included for £4.99 per month. Otherwise, the Hive comes with a standard 24-hour camera history.

It's worth noting that getting the cameras to work does not require a Hive Hub – all that's required is an Android or iOS device for the Hive app, although there's currently no HomeKit support. Hive also offers a Close to Home plan that offers a saving of up to £130 on the full range of Hive smart home products, including Hive Active Lights, Hive Window or Door Sensors, a Hive Active Plug, and the Hive Hub. Check out the website for more details.

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36 months ago
Why does everything have to be subscription based? (Rhetorical question). I can see why some people might want a cloud-based storage option, but does anyone produce a good consumer camera with simple local storage these days?
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36 months ago

I can only refer you to Hive's technical specs:

* Encrypted camera footage stored securely online
* Secure web transfer using TLS
* AES-128 encryption

Until in a years time we hear that they've been hacked and all our information and recordings have been stolen.
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36 months ago
Not interested until there is HomeKit support.
A modern 'smart home' isn't very smart if you need seven different applications to run it.
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