RCA Dives Into Smart Home Tech with WiFi Doorbell, Security Cam
For 90 years, RCA has been active in the consumer electronics space, producing all kinds of tech toys and gadgets, from TVs to speakers, and much more. But 2018 will see the company dive into a category that it was previously removed from: the smart home. Sure, there’s the Roku line of TVs the company has produced, which are internet connected products. But we’re talking true smart home devices that provide a layer of security or monitoring to the consumer.
To that end, RCA announced that it will launch a new WiFI Camera System and WiFi Doorbell Camera. Like other doorbell/camera systems, the RCA products are accessible through a smartphone app and are set up through the user’s home WiFi network.
RCA shared additional details on each product in a statement.
RCA Doorbell Camera
The doorbell camera has a two-way talk feature that allows the user to communicate with whoever is at the door through an integrated microphone. And to eliminate false alert push notifications to the user’s phone, the field of motion can be customized in the RCS Security app. Events captured by the camera can be played back through the timeline in the app.
Additionally the camera can record up to 700 20-second video video events on the included memory card, but it’s compatible with cards up to 128GB.
The camera has a 180-degree field of view with 1080p HD recording and is certified for outdoor use. RCA said installation will be simple at locations with existing doorbells and won’t require access to the power transformer. It’s available now for $149.99 and comes in four different colors.
RCA WiFi HD Security Camera System
The camera system comes Wirth a 720p USB powered camera that has pan/tilt/zoom controls. The camera can be viewed and controlled through the RCA WiFi Camera app, where users can also record and view pictures and videos directly on their device—no cloud storage fees required. Multiple users can access the device through a “safe, password-protected sharing feature” found in the app.
Users can also add an optional memory card to the camera, which adds more functionality, including motion/event recording and push notifications to the user’s phone. Users can connect up to four of the cameras to their network for a “quad view mode” around their home.
The camera comes in black and is available now for $99.99.
No word on whether the products will be on display at CES 2018 next week in Las Vegas, but it's hard to imagine RCA leaving them out of the lineup.