Google Considering Home Security Play With Possible Acquisition of Dropcam
Dropcam's Wi-Fi connected webcam
It’s easy to see why Nest likes Dropcam, but it’s a little less apparent how the scrappy security webcam startup would fit into Google’s advertising-oriented business. Dropcam is known for making $150 cameras that connect to your home’s wireless network and stream video to your phone and other devices. It’s not surprising that Nest would see the appeal of another Internet-connected version of a common product (in this case, the home monitoring cam). Nest’s recent misstep with its Wi-Fi smoke and CO detectors seems to have had little impact on its image with consumers, so it remains in a good position to build Google’s side-interest in home automation technology into a competitor for Apple's rumored home automation products.