The latest smart home device from Google always listens … and LOOKS: Company launches $ 229 Nest Hub Max with camera that every family member can recognize
- Nest Hub Max has a 10-inch HD touchscreen and a camera of 6.5 megapixels
- The face recognition system provides a new feature called Face Match
- This means that the device can recognize different people and display personalized results
- Function can be disabled and green light is displayed when camera is streamed
The latest smart product from Google is wary of some users as concerns are growing about the & # 39; espionage & # 39; capabilities of home-connected home devices.
The company launched Tuesday's successor to its Nest Hub (formerly the Home Hub) with its Smart Display with Google Assistant and a larger 10-inch screen.
And, unlike the previous one, the $ 229 Nest Hub Max has a built-in camera that can recognize different faces.
Google first unveiled Nest Hub Max during its I / O conference in May and the device is now available in the US, UK and Australia.
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Today, Google launched the successor of its Nest Hub (formerly the Home Hub), with its Smart Display with Google Assistant and a larger 10-inch screen
Google merged its smart home products with Nest earlier this year and then renamed devices such as the Home Hub to the Nest name.
Nest Hub Max uses a wide-angle camera of 6.5 megapixels and is available in two colors: chalk and charcoal.
It has a 10-inch HD touchscreen display and stands just over 7 inches high. The system is compatible with Android and iOS.
The Hub Max, the newest in the line-up, is the first to come with a camera and also offers a feature called Face Match that is designed to further personalize the experience.
But there is some concern about what it means for privacy.
The function takes the voice tuning capabilities of the previous device to the next level and adds the ability to clearly recognize and remember each member of the family.
"When you walk in front of the camera, Nest Hub Max recognizes you and only shows your information, not someone else's," Google explained earlier this year.
This feature is opt-in, which means that you have to choose to enable it, and all data is encrypted and stored on the device & # 39 ;, says Google.
Hub Max also gives green light to the front when the camera is streaming, so that the activity can be easily identified.
Despite the precautionary measures, the announcement was largely received with skepticism, as confidence in major tech technology is declining amidst back-to-back privacy issues.
WHAT IS GOOGLE & # 39; S NEST HUB MAX?
Nest Hub Max will be launched this summer for $ 229
The newest smart home device from Google has a built-in camera for video chatting and even indoor security.
At the annual I / O Developer Conference, the company unveiled the $ 229 Nest Hub Max that combines the functions of Nest and Home Hub devices.
It has a 10-inch HD screen, smart camera and a rear-facing woofer for & # 39; full stereo sound & # 39 ;.
Nest Hub Max can be used to keep an eye on your house when you are not there, and comes with the option to enable movement or unknown people alerts.
Google Duo functionality also means that it can be used for video calling on iOS and Android devices. "You can also use Duo to leave video messages for other family members," Google notes.
Nest Hub Max is launched this summer in the US for $ 229, along with the UK (£ 219) and in Australia (AUS $ 349).
The Nest Hub Max has a built-in camera with a wide-angle lens and 10-inch display
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