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Brief Published: 8 Sep 2014

Withings Smart Home Monitor

Withings Home

French consumer electronics company Withings has released a multipurpose networked home monitor that can be operated via a mobile and desktop app.

Home has a high-definition video camera with a 135° field of view, as well as speakers and microphones for two-way communication. The device also doubles up as an environmental sensor: it monitors air quality and issues alerts when it dips below a certain level.

The device serves a range of purposes: it can function as a baby monitor that plays lullabies or a security camera that notifies users that someone is in their house when they're away. It can also be a life-logger that auto-records clips of significant events to download later – or a webcam for distant relatives to stay in touch.

Home's environmental monitoring function speaks to mounting consumer concerns over air quality and allergies, particularly in well-sealed, energy-efficient homes. See Sense: Smart Sleep Aid for another example of a product that responds to this trend.

Home is even able to recognise different activities – such as a baby crying or a person walking into the room – and tailor its mobile notifications accordingly. Consumers are coming to expect this kind of behaviour recognition from smart devices. See Human First, part of our Agile Futures Macro Trend, for more on how technologies are being humanised.