Humax has unveiled its first ever home security product in the form of camera you can use with your set-top box. Here's what you need to know about the Humax Eye.
Tired of cornering the Freeview box market, Humax has decided to dally with home security and the result is the Humax Eye, which was quietly announced today (August 25).
The camera looks like a clone of the excellent Y-Cam Evo, which is obviously no bad thing. You get 720p footage with a 100-degree field of view – barring any hidden design flaws, this should give you sharp and wide coverage. There’s also an IR night vision mode for low-light conditions, effective up to eight metres.
As for software, Humax uses the Y-Cam app. This gives you motion-triggered alerts while you’re out and about, along with a live feed. There's no on-board storage, but the camera connects to Wi-Fi and the Y-Cam service gives you seven days of rolling cloud storage, with no fees or subscriptions.
However, the most exciting thing about the Eye – and as far as we can tell, all that differentiates it from the Evo – is its compatibility with select Humax set-top boxes: the FVP-400T, HDR-1100S and HB-1000S. This integration means you can watch yourself once the Great British Bake Off is over, or more usefully, watch the cats in the other room.
The Humax Eye costs £129 and will begin shipping on August 30.
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