Most home security cameras are either mounted to a wall or sat on shelves, which may serve as a deterrent to would-be intruders looking through a window but can rather spoil the living room aesthetic. Panasonic's latest addition to its HomeHawk range is designed to fit in with the decor by integrating a security camera into an ambient floor lamp.
The HomeHawk Floor can be adjusted to stand 2 ft, 4 ft or 6 ft (0.6, 1.2 or 1.8 m) tall, so it can be adapted to fit in with any space. The 1080p monitoring camera in each features a 140-degree wide-angle lens and a motion sensor. The latter also serves to activate the ambient light when someone enters the room.
The device is connected to a home Wi-Fi network using a companion app, which can also be used to set up specific areas to receive motion alerts and view footage. A built-in microphone and speaker caters for two-way communication, and the setup is compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.
The Floor lamp/camera units need to be plugged into a wall outlet for power, but the user can also load in eight AA-sized batteries for backup in the event of a power outage. The camera can be set to auto activate when you leave the house, and stores footage to a microSD card so there are no monthly subscription fees to worry about. The system also works with other members of the HomeHawk family.
The HomeHawk Floor black satin flavor comes in at $249.95, and a gray fabric model will cost you $279.95.
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