Nest, the smart-home division of Google, introduced Wednesday a security camera called the Nest Cam, a revamped version of the product the company acquired when it purchased Dropcam last year for $555 million.
The Nest Cam features a skinnier stand and sleeker look than its predecessor and can now be propped up by a tripod. Additionally, the new gizmo records in 1080p HD resolution, which is a higher-quality image than the previous Dropcam. The Nest Cam also features a new night vision mode that will let users monitor their homes both day and night. Orders for the Nest Cam will be available later Wednesday for $199.99 and begin to ship next week.
Nest Cam owners will also be able to subscribe to Nest Aware, a service that stores days of the device's video history in the cloud and can send users alerts if it senses motion in its field of vision. Nest Cam buyers can get a 30-day free trial of the service, and then pay $10 a month for 10 days of video history or $30 for 30 days.
Besides the Nest Cam, Nest announced a new version of its Nest Protect smoke detector product. The new version of Nest Protect will come equipped with sensors capable of detecting the difference between a real hazard and nuisance smoke, such as from a burnt slice of toast. Users will also be able to silence the new Nest Protect using the Nest app on their smartphones.
Pre-orders for the second-generation Nest Protect, which is smaller and sleeker than its predecessor, are available now for $99. The device will be available in stores next month.