One of Europe's leading home-security providers is coming across the pond in a big way. The 10-year-old French manufacturer Myfox today announced the availability of its Myfox Home Security System and Myfox Security Camera at Amazon, Home Depot, and other online and brick-and-mortar retailers. From what I saw during a hands-on demo last week, I'm comfortable saying Myfox's offerings are innovative and very different from what's on the market today.
The $199 Myfox Security Camera features a motorized shutter that can be programmed to cover its lens when you arrive home, so you don't need to worry that video footage of you dancing around the house naked is streaming to the cloud. Myfox executive Scott Ledterman told me during the briefing that the company added this feature after its research revealed that 30 percent of home-security cameras owners unplug the devices while they're home in an effort to ensure privacy.
The camera determines whether you're home or away via an app installed on your smartphone. If someone in the family doesn't have a smartphone, they can carry a Bluetooth Low Energy keyfob ($30, not included) that can control the camera and perform other functions if you install additional Myfox components (more on that later). The camera has two-way audio, too, so it can function as a remote intercom.
Also unlike most home security cameras, the Myfox is outfitted with a battery backup that can continue to operate the camera for up to one hour in the event of a power loss. That, and local storage sufficient for one hour of recorded video, ensure that the camera will still be able to capture the image of a burglar with the forethought to cut your home's power before breaking in (the thief would have to walk into the camera's field of view, of course).
Apart from its unique industrial design, most of the Myfox camera's feature set is par for the course for a modern home-security camera: 1080p resolution, motion sensor, infrared LEDs for night vision, and cloud backup. The camera will sit on any flat surface, or you can wall-mount it using a bracket ($30, also not included).
Similar to the new Nest Cam and other competitors, there is no monthly service fee associated with the Myfox camera unless you want to store video in the cloud. If you do, a subscription costs $5 per month for one day of storage, $8/month for 7 days of storage, and $30/month for 30 days. (Nest, for the sake of comparison, charges $100 per year for 10 days of storage or $300/year for 30 days.)
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