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Nest Hello video doorbell finally becomes available

by Mark Tyson on 15 March 2018, 10:01

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Google owned Nest first announced the Nest Hello video doorbell and the Nest x Yale smart lock several months ago. Now, CNet reports, these smart home devices have started to become available to purchase. That is, in the USA, at least, as I've just checked out the Nest UK store and we are still being asked to sign up for availability notifications.

Nest Hello is said to combine "the convenience of a video doorbell with the image quality and intelligence of a Nest Cam". The Nest Hello has a 160 degree FOV lens that allows you to see people head to toe at close range (like standing at your door) and you will be able to spot parcels on the ground, for instance.

Integrated as part of your smart home setup the Nest Hello doorbell will let you know who/what is at your door day or night. This smart connected doorbell offers 24/7 live streaming, HDR imaging, and Night Vision to give you a clear view. HD Talk and Listen allows you to interact with those on the door step, wherever you may be. Short pre-recorded responses and messages can be output from the doorbell via the Nest App, for convenience.

Nest offers a Nest Aware subscription service ($5pm) that lets you scan faces and provides person alerts. That fee includes cloud recording capacity. In the US the Nest Hello video doorbell costs $229 (roughly £165/AU$290).

The Nest x Yale lock was first publicised back in 2015. The joint development replaces your old deadbolt and related external hardware and includes an integrated keypad for access codes. Though the exterior keypad uses batteries you will get an alert when they run low so you won't get locked out, hopefully.

As a smart lock, the Nest x Yale can be set to auto-lock after a certain period of time. Voice commands can be used to lock the door but not as an unlock option. In summary, using the Next app you can enjoy the following benefits:

  • Never worry about keys getting lost, copied or stolen again.
  • Create passcodes for friends and family and revoke them anytime.
  • Alerts keep you posted on comings and goings.
  • Forget to lock the door? No problem. Nest x Yale Lock can lock itself.
  • Lock, unlock, or check if your door is open from your phone, from anywhere.
  • Hands full? Lock the door with a quick tap.

In the US the Nest x Yale lock costs $249 (roughly £180/AU$315).

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I want a true IoT doorbell. Just a standard doorbell that optionally calls a webhook or something via WiFi or a signal via BlueTooth. I can then do what I want with that (like text me).

All in my control, all fully flexible.
Raspberry pis have some bare pins for I/O, right? You could just take a normal wireless doorbell, and replace the speaker with a board of your choice watching for a voltage across where the speaker was as a sign that the doorbell was pressed
Yes probably, I was thinking that a BBC microbit might be better for it as they run off batteries and have bluetooth low power built in.

I don't know electronics enough to know how you would monitor was I assume is mains voltage on a door bell on a device that accepts 5 or 12 volt signals though.

And then, there's the time to actually do it.
I don't know electronics enough to know how you would monitor was I assume is mains voltage on a door bell on a device that accepts 5 or 12 volt signals though.

Door bells are typically 6V. But you don't need the real bell - you just need a button to trigger an input on the pi/arduino etc. You could takre an output from the device to operate a bell, or drive a loudspeaker and send a signal to whatever internet process you want.
My house has a cheap wireless doorbell, that's got batteries both ends. Just 3 AA cells in the speaker unit, so the ~4.8 V max you'll get from that will play nice with an input pin