If you're considering a video doorbell, the Nest Hello should be on your short list. It has great video quality, a solid app, and it operated flawlessly during my test. There's slick integration with Google Home and Google Assistant, and a recently launched 5-day subscription plan for storing video in the cloud reduces one of the biggest hurdles to a Nest system: the ongoing running cost. It's a worthy competitor to the Ring Video Doorbell 2, but the Nest Hello requires wiring so we still recommend the Ring if you need a battery-powered device. Nest Hello is a smart, good-looking doorbell that feels solid and well made.
Panasonic and Nuance have been close partners on TV voice recognition in the past; we now know that they're getting a bit cozier for Panasonic's 2013 Smart TVs. The engine will also speak out content and menus if you need more than just visual confirmation of where you're going. Panasonic's refreshed TV line is gradually rolling out over the spring, so those who see a plastic remote control as so very 2010 won't have long to wait. Panasonic's New Smart TVs Now Listen and Speak with Nuance's Dragon TV Panasonic's New SMART VIERA HDTVs Voice Interaction Lets People Find TV Content, Search the Web, Get Access to Apps and More with the Power of Dragon Now people can simply sit back and speak to find content, search the web, control volume and more – creating a more interactive and intelligent television experience. And with Dragon TV's text-to-speech, television content and options on the screen can be read aloud.
Arbor's Instant Video Doorbell is a decent first product, injecting a bit of competition into a market dominated by Ring. It has some advantages over its more famous competitor and is especially interesting if your home lacks doorbell wiring, but the system needs a more work if it's to really impress. Its manufacturer makes some bold claims about the product, saying it's "the world's most advanced," "has the best and fastest picture," the "most reliable WiFi connection on the market" and that users will get "no false alarms with Arbor's superior motion detector." I found none of that to be true. The last claim is particularly foolhardy as no video doorbell or smart security camera I've tested has been completely free of false alarms.
The Ring Video Doorbell Pro is a smaller and smarter member of Ring's popular video doorbell family. It's $50 more expensive than Ring's second-generation battery-powered device, but this additional investment could considerably cut down on the number of false alerts you receive and leave you a much more satisfied owner. That's what happened to me when I swapped out the Ring Video Doorbell 2 for the Pro version. The secret to the Pro's porch success at my house is its more complex detection zone setup. The Ring Video Doorbell 2's motion detection is based on passive infrared sensors that look for moving heat sources, such as humans, animals, and cars.
The Japanese automaker unveiled its new 2019 Subaru Forester at the New York International Auto Show on Wednesday. It's largely similar to previous Foresters, but there's one major upgrade: It now has a facial recognition feature. Okay, so it's not quite as sophisticated as the iPhone X's Face ID, which has a 1-in-1 million false acceptance rate and opens the phone like a password. But Subaru's DriverFocus software, which makes its global debut in the 2019 Forester, still has some cool perks. Don't forget your keys, though, because the feature won't open the car or start it for you.