This is a quick post. I saw an update come across today for the Dropcam App.
Since it mentioned Nest and I have both devices in my home, I wanted to try out the newest integration.
I’ve had both for almost 2 years so pre-Goog and I admit I was a bit skeptical at first but definitely think the integration has promise to bring much cool to the IoT table.
So, I read the release notes, updated the Dropcam app and launched it.
Sure enough a new menu item appeared.
Clicking Connect with Nest brought two pages of explanation and a Continue button:
The explanation seemed interesting. I continued to a prompt for my Nest account
Once authenticated by Nest the Dropcam App showed connected.
Inside Dropcam there are new Nest Alert Schedule & Nest Camera Schedule that can be toggled on/off.
To test each feature out I enabled them both.
Switching over to my Nest App, I manually set Away.
After verifying that my Dropcam was On, I then switched the Nest back to home.
Sure enough, my Dropcam switch off on its own.
The reverse also worked, the camera turned on when I “left”.
I didn’t see any alerts in my activity feed, but I’m also using the Activities Zones feature and I have them pretty well dialed in so not many stray false alerts.
I’ve also enabled a few IFTTT Recipes with my Nest. Overall, the integration of these two “Things” feels like a good start.
Do you use any of these tools? What are your thoughts?