Hive — makers of a number of smart home products including sensors, smart bulbs, and a smart thermostat — has introduced its new, detachable indoor camera, Hive View.
Hive View comes in two different color combinations and can be purchased for $199, or in a double pack for $339. Like many cameras, Hive View starts recording upon detecting motion or sound, and notifications can be sent straight to a user’s smartphone.
But the most striking thing about Hive View is its detachable design. The camera has more than an hour of portable battery life built in, so if you want to temporarily use Hive View to record in a different area, you can detach the cube-shaped camera from its base and move it wherever you’d like.
Hive View’s eye-catching look was designed by Yves Béhar, as pointed out by designboom. Béhar is a famous Swiss designer responsible for product designs from August and Jawbone, among many others.
Hive View sends a secure livestream to the Hive app in 1080p HD, and customers can playback videos from the previous 24 hours. (An additional Hive Video Playback option lets users view 30 days of a camera’s history for $6 per month.)
The camera itself offers a wide angled 130-degree field of view. Users can set Hive View to ignore pets and only detect people, and the camera also offers a privacy mode which can be scheduled or switched on when you don’t want any monitoring or recording. Additional features include a microphone, speaker, and 16-foot automatic night vision.
Setup is done through the Hive app via Bluetooth. Hive claims setup should only take “minutes.” Hive View requires Bluetooth 4.1, a 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi router, and an updated iOS or Android device running the Hive app.
If you’re looking for more than a singular camera option, Hive is also offering a “Close to Home Pack,” which bundles the Hive View with a Hive Hub, Hive bulb, Hive Active Plug, and a Hive Window or Door Sensor, all for $350. Hive View is available now. For more options, read our review of the best home security cameras.