With Star Wars: Episode VIII The Last Jedi just around the corner, what better way to celebrate than monitoring your home with a levitating security camera that looks eerily similar to the death star.
Tech startup, 1-Ring, has created a surveillance and smart home system that looks like it is straight out of a sci-fi film called the Moon. Not only does it appear futuristic but the camera’s base actually charges the camera wirelessly while it floats. This means the camera will be able to continuously float and record without having to worry about ever plugging it in. You have the option to store the recorded footage locally on a microSD card or upload it to a cloud device of your choosing. Due to its floating capabilities, the Moon is able to seamlessly rotate any direction in complete silence. This occurs from motion and sound sensors that alert the camera to the direction of an occurrence, or simply the user manually directing the camera using the app. If set to the away mode, the Moon turns connected lights on and off randomly to appear as if someone is home. Sometimes the smartest solutions have the simplest crime prevention techniques.
Like the Death Star, the Moon is completely decked out in advanced technology. With a 130-degree viewing angle, Seemo sensor wide-angle lens and 1080p HD resolution, 1-Ring has managed to create a state-of-the-art video clarity that is not regularly seen in home security cameras. It’s able to capture considerably more light than an average camera and offers an infrared LED for crisp footage in dim lighting or eve night footage. The Moon films at 30 frames per second and can create a time-lapse from an entire day’s recording. If you aren’t satisfied with the placement of the Moon, because it’s magnetic you are able to remove it from its floating base and stick it on any magnetic surface.
1-Ring had bigger plans for the Moon than just a security camera however. With built-in Wi-Fi as well as Z-Wave, ZigBee, NFC, IR blaster, and Bluetooth Smart, the Moon was designed to be a fully functional smart hub. 1-Ring has even managed to partner with Philips Hue, SmartThings and Honeywell to integrate the Moon with smart home gadgets such as light bulbs and thermostats. The Moon is equipped with a built-in microphone that can distinguish differences in noises such as talking and crying. It also boasts built-in speakers making it an excellent option for video calls or conferences. Voice integration with Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa and Apple Siri allow the Moon to control anything in your home from the washing machine to the volume of the TV.
For $330, the Moon by 1-Ring is not cheap but if you are buying this camera you probably aren’t as concerned about prices. Unlike the more affordable home security cameras on the market, the Moon is absolutely state of the art and well worth the high price. I’m sure the Death Star cost a pretty penny, and they built two of those!
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