The Nest Cam IQ offers 'intelligent' features that can differentiate sources of motion and sound in your home and send customized alerts

Smart home company Nest has launched the Nest Cam IQ, the newest and smartest camera in its lineup of tech-driven thermostats, smoke alarms and security systems. In addition to high-quality video and audio, the Cam IQ boasts the ability to distinguish between agents of motion, whether it's a person, a shadow or the family pet.

When the camera detects a person in the room, it will zoom in and track their movements; it can then send an alert with a cropped photo of the person’s face to the owner’s smartphone. Owners checking in on their homes with the camera’s accompanying app will be able to see a 130-degree view of the room. The Nest Cam IQ also promises future integration with Google Home and Amazon Alexa, The Verge reports.

The addition of a Nest Aware subscription, for $10 per month or $100 per year, will allow users to customize the Cam IQ’s person alert settings to recognize the faces of family members or regular visitors and refer to them by name. Nest Aware’s ‘intelligent audio alerts’ can send notifications for sounds beyond the camera’s field of view, such as people talking or a barking dog.

“When designing Nest Cam IQ, we focused on what we’ve learned from our customers, which is that people don’t want more information, they want insights,” Matt Rogers, Nest co-founder and chief product officer, said in the company’s press release.

The Nest Cam IQ is now available for preorder in the U.S. at $299 for one camera or $498 for a pack of two.

Nest Cam IQ

Smart home company Nest has launched the Nest Cam IQ, the newest and smartest camera in its lineup of tech-driven thermostats, smoke alarms and security systems. In addition to high-quality video and audio, the Cam IQ boasts the ability to distinguish between agents of motion, whether it's a person, a shadow or the family pet.

When the camera detects a person in the room, it will zoom in and track their movements; it can then send an alert with a cropped photo of the person’s face to the owner’s smartphone. Owners checking in on their homes with the camera’s accompanying app will be able to see a 130-degree view of the room. The Nest Cam IQ also promises future integration with Google Home and Amazon Alexa, The Verge reports.